F. Gary Gray in talks to direct N.W.A. movie 'Straight Outta Compton'

One of hip-hop’s most controversial and revered groups will soon have their story told on the big screen. F. Gary Gray is reportedly in talks to direct Straight Outta Compton, the story of west coast rap pioneers N.W.A., in a new biopic for New Line Cinemas. The Hollywood Reporter has the story:

Gray beat out contenders John Singleton, George Tillman and Elgin James for the gig.

Andrea Berloff wrote the script for the project, which details the rise and fall of the Compton, Calif.-based group, whose initials stood for N——-z With Attitude. The members included drug dealer-turned-label founder Eazy-E, young DJ Dr. Dre and the politically active Ice Cube, plus MC Ren and DJ Yella. Another member, Arabian Prince, left N.W.A before the group released the groundbreaking debut album Straight Outta Compton in 1988.

N.W.A fell victim to the familiar trappings of success, with egos and jealousies surfacing, and the group frittered away. Eazy-E’s 1995 death of AIDS-related causes set the ex-members on a conciliatory path.

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