Following the success of N.W.A’s biopic, Straight Outta Compton, a few producers, directors, and fellow artists have drafted their own plans of action to create another famed rapper or singer’s on-screen biography. With Tupac’s All Eyez On Me underway, another late MC’s story is currently on the table for production.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, RZA hinted at a biopic on Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s life, enlisting the services of the Wu-Tang Clan member’s cousin, Rayshawn, and ODB’s wife, Icelene Jones. “Him and ODB’s wife have been talking and he has a pretty interesting script. I just saw a 12-minute teaser that he shot about a year ago and it felt pretty fu*king cool. I watched it and was like, ‘Wow, you may have something here.’ He has the best thing that I’ve seen so far.”
When asked to take the reign as director, RZA said he’s not opposed to the task, but only if the “moving parts” are in order. “There are very few people who know the real him as much as me. So it would be something that I would be honored to do, but there’s a lot of moving parts to it,” he said. “If those moving parts don’t go in sync with me, I’ll still be on it just to see it happen, talk to whoever’s doing it and give them my interviews or whatever they need to help make this story as great as possible.”
On the critical-acclaim of Straight Outta Compton, RZA also mentioned that its appeal solidifies the fact that hip-hop is marketable in Hollywood. “I always believed that the art we was creating was audio-visual, and it was headed towards visual-audio,” he said. “And that’s why you see me in this world — my own heart drove me here — and I’m glad that a movie like that breaks out and does such numbers that it’s almost undeniable. It showed that with the proper team and marketing, many of us out here who grew up on this music would love to see the inside makings of those stories.”