N.W.A captured the minds of Hip-Hop fans with their classic 1988 Straight Outta Compton debut album, and a biopic sharing the same name as the record has been in the works for years. The film takes another important step in coming to life after the studio signed a writer to rewrite the script.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Universal Pictures announced the signing of Jonathan Herman to write a new draft of the script for the film, which will be directed by F. Gary Gray. Herman, who has worked in Hollywood since the late 1990s, is getting his first big break in the script writing world with the highly anticipated film.
Plenty of hands are in the project, including former N.W.A member Ice Cube and his Cube Vision company who are serving as co-producers. Another past member, Dr. Dre, is also one of the film’s producers under his Crucial Films company. Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods, is another of the producers with Will Packer executive producing the entire project.
There was a casting call for the film announced last year, but the lineup is apparently still being formed. There is no release date set for Straight Outta Compton at the time.