Tue 19 Jan 2016
Since the commercial success and critical acclaim of Straight Outta Compton, it feels like there’s been a ripple effect for rap biopics in Hollywood. That troubled Tupac film, All Eyez On Me, is finally — and quickly — moving forward, and now another long-delayed movie on a late hip-hop legend could also be happening.
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In a new interview with Rolling Stone, RZA revealed some positive news regarding the biopic on the fallen Wu-Tang member Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
“I think it’s a great idea, and there has been talk about it. There are a few wheels in motion with one done by our first cousin Rayshawn; he was the young guy there watching everything that happened. 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 fucking cool. I watched it and was like, ‘Wow, you may have something here.’ He has the best thing that I’ve seen so far.”
RZA also revealed that Rayshawn asked him to direct the film, but he’s yet to make his mind up. In any case, he’s still down to be involved.
“I wouldn’t mind not doing it and I wouldn’t mind doing it. From the age of six, me and [ODB] used to push shopping carts around grocery stores and try to get nickels. 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. 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.”
With no confirmed production schedule or cast (Michael K. Williams was previously linked to the role of ODB), the project is clearly still in its early stages. But let’s hope this is the start of real progress for the film in 2016. After all, a Wu-Tang biopic is a bit overdue, wouldn’t you say?