BET is striking while the iron still hot from The New Edition Story. The network has announced plans for biopics on both Bobby Brown and Death Row Records.
The Grio reports that The Bobby Brown Story will cover the obvious things that define him; life, music career, sex, drugs. The biopic is expected to be a drama. With The Death Row Chronicles, they will be going the murder mystery route as the cover the once-dominant label that brought us Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight and the rise and fall of Tupac.
Brown’s life has been documented in the media from the moment he left New Edition and went solo. His reputation as a bad boy eventually overshadowed his music. Add to that his marriage to Whitney Houston and the death of their child Bobby Christina, and you have a lot to unpack. Brown shared his life story in a revealing autobiography, Every Little Step: My Story, that was released last year. The book contained stories ranging from him frying chicken in cocaine as a child to alleging that Houston had an affair with Tupac.
The story of Death Row Records continues to add chapters as conspiracies about the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur continue to surface, as well as the murder trial of the label’s former boss Suge Knight. Dogg Pound member and former Death Row recording artist Daz Dillinger began work on a Dogg Pound 4 Life movie about his group and the label right after Straight Outta Compton came out. That project died in the water early in production. Daz has blamed Knight for being the snag.
Both films are slated to drop during their 2017-18 programming slate.