New Line Cinema is developing Straight Outta Compton, an urban drama about N.W.A. (a.k.a. Niggaz With Attitude), the hip hop group that helped pioneer the gangsta rap movement in the ’80s and early ’90s. N.W.A. influenced thousands with their high powered songs such as ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘F-ck tha Police,’ and ‘Gangsta Gangsta.’ The group never received mainstream radio-play but still managed to sell well into the millions.
The project will chronicle the rise and fall of the group, founded by Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren. After years of internal struggle and grudges match between the former bandmates the band disintegrated. Most of the group is still active in the music industry in different capacities, with the exception of Eazy-E, who lost his fight with AIDS in 1995. The film’s producers, which include Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Tomica Wright (Eazy-E’s widow), and Circle of Confusion entertainment, are now actively searching for a director along the lines of Curtis Hanson (8 Mile).
In 2006, Jerry Heller (former N.W.A. manger) released a memoir entitled ‘Ruthless’ about the group. In the book he stated that when he met Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright, the credited creator and founder of Ruthless Records and label to N.W.A. in 1987, he knew that he would change the music world.
Check out the video to N.W.A.’s “100 Miles And Runnin” below. Clocking in at around 5 minutes, the filmmaker part of me thinks that it could probably spawn a full length, gangsta film of it’s own…