11 Nov – Universal is now working with Snoop Dogg's Death Row Pictures to produce the latter's first film about the legendary rapper.
As reported on THR, the news was announced on 9 November, with Snoop, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., saying, "I waited a long time to put this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect writer, and the greatest movie company I could partner with that could understand the legacy that I'm trying to portray on screen, and the memory I'm trying to leave behind.
"It was the perfect marriage. It was holy matrimony, not holy macaroni," he added.
The entertainment mogul, who began his hip-hop career in the '90s West Coast rap scene through his album, "Doggystyle", is a 17-time Grammy nominee with 35 million albums sold worldwide.
"Snoop Dogg's life and legacy make him one of the most exciting and influential icons in popular culture," stated Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. "We met with Snoop shortly after he acquired Death Row Records and had the opportunity to hear his story in his own words. We are humbled to be able to create the lasting document of this singular artiste."
Universal has a good track record when it comes to musical biopics. Back in 2015, it released the movie, "Straight Out of Compton" which also centred on the West Coast hip-hop scene, particularly on the group N.W.A. More than a decade before that, it released Eminem's "8 Mile", which made the USD 250 million at the box office.