2 Live Crew will finally have their story told on the big screen. Lionsgate films has just green-lighted a biopic detailing the group’s controversial rise to recording infamy.
Based on Luther Campbell’s memoir Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City, the film will primarily focus on their fight against censorship in the Supreme Court.
In 1994 the group was sued for sampling Roy Orbison’s rock ballad, “Oh, Pretty Woman” on their track “Pretty Woman.” The district court granted a judgement for Miami rappers citing the remake was a parody that made fair use of the original. Peep the song in question below.
Craig Williams (Underdog, Stark Raving Mad) is penning the screenplay which he is calling Straight Outta Compton meets The People vs. Larry Flynt. Rumor has it that Ronald “RJ” Cyler (Power Rangers) is being eyed to play Campbell.
We are curious to see what kind of rating this flick will get as Uncle Luke was known for getting it in back in his prime.