A Death Row Records Film Is Being Shopped as a 'Straight Outta Compton' Sequel
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A Death Row Records Film Is Being Shopped as a 'Straight Outta Compton' Sequel

Deathrow Records logoOn the heels of yesterday’s news of a Dogg Pound biopic being in the works, and the immense success of "Straight Outta Compton"…

A Death Row Records film is reportedly also in development, with talent agency APA said to be shopping the project around, which will be titled "Welcome to Death Row," and will focus on the years after N.W.A formed, and all the acts that came after them, forging their own solo careers – rappers like Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, the aforementioned Dogg Pound and others. 

Of course, we can’t forget about the rise of Suge Knight who would become one of the most powerful (and feared) executives in the business.

The Hollywood Reporter says that APA has put together a package for "Welcome to Death Row," which is being shopped as a sequel to "Straight Outta Compton," based on the book and documentary of the same name by S. Leigh Savidge, who also co-executive produced "Straight Outta Compton."

Whether or not this actually comes to fruition, it’s not-so crazy an idea to consider, when, as I argued previously, that the massive success of "Straight Outta Compton" (according to Sergio’s post earlier today, it’s on track to rake in $150 million domestically alone) would likely inspire other "hip-hop biopics." This would simply be another on a growing list of potential projects, including the recently-announced Gang Starr film which DJ Premier said he was working on; and also Chuck D suggested that he would entertain the idea of a Public Enemy bio; and the long-in-development Tupac Shakur project looks like it’s alive again, given a recent casting notice I shared on this blog earlier this week, which indicated Carl Franklin was attached to direct, and an actor to play the lead role is being sought; also Master P. has teamed up with Queen Latifah and her Flavor Unit production company, to produce a film on his life.

And I’m sure there are (or will be) others. Strike while the iron is hot, as the saying goes…

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