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New Line hires a white lady to write the NWA biopic?

May. 3, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Andrea Berloff, who wrote WORLD TRADE CENTER, is currently writing the screenplay for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, the N.W.A. biopic currently set up at New Line. While it may seem odd (and a direct reversal of the old screenwriting maxim of "write what you know") to hire a 36-year-old white woman to write about the seminal hip-hop group behind the notoriously controversial "Fuck tha Police," N.W.A.'s influence was felt perhaps even greater in white suburbia than it was in South Central. After all, as defenders of gangsta rap often said, N.W.A. wasn't glorifying violence, they were simply reflecting the reality of life in the ghetto; a life that most middle-class white kids had no idea even existed.

I still remember hearing "Fuck tha Police" for the first time. A friend's brother had a copy and it was smuggled into school where we all snuck into the back of the cafeteria passing the Walkman headphones around, jaws agape. (In reality, "Fuck tha Police" isn't even one of the best songs on the album - that honor goes to either "Express Yourself" or the title track.)

Culturally significant music aside, the N.W.A. story certainly has enough to fill a feature film. Overnight success, drugs, backstabbing, bitter rivalries, death and reconciliation - the stuff of any good music biopic.

Ice Cube, who wrote the majority of the lyrics for the group before leaving in 1989, is producing the film along with Eazy-E's widow (strange that Dre isn't listed anywhere).

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Source: THR

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4:48PM on 05/03/2010

We'll See...

I love NWA, but regardless of who writes this, I think its come off as CB4 with out the laughs...

Also, most biopics seem to follow the same story, arc and I don't see this as being too different. I'll watch no matter what, but the story is well known by now, and has been told many times in many ways...
I love NWA, but regardless of who writes this, I think its come off as CB4 with out the laughs...

Also, most biopics seem to follow the same story, arc and I don't see this as being too different. I'll watch no matter what, but the story is well known by now, and has been told many times in many ways...
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1:44PM on 05/03/2010
I hope this chick doesn't make the characters 1D 'card-board' cut outs otherwise lets she what she can do.

Hope Antoine Fuqua directs or better yet the same dude who did Hustler & Flow
I hope this chick doesn't make the characters 1D 'card-board' cut outs otherwise lets she what she can do.

Hope Antoine Fuqua directs or better yet the same dude who did Hustler & Flow
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1:10PM on 05/03/2010
I'm a huge fan of NWA and everyone that broke off and went solo (although I don't care much for Ice Cube's recent stuff). It should be good, if done right.
I'm a huge fan of NWA and everyone that broke off and went solo (although I don't care much for Ice Cube's recent stuff). It should be good, if done right.
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2:05PM on 05/03/2010
Balboa, the article clearly states that Ice Cube is producing the film.
Balboa, the article clearly states that Ice Cube is producing the film.
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1:07PM on 05/03/2010
After seeing what this generation of writers did to Notorious, I can't expect much from this. Notorious could have been great if they wouldn't have held a halo over his head the entire 2 hours. They could've portrayed the fact that there was an entire police corruption scandal surrounding his death and that Puff Daddy was weak and gave him up to die.

This will probably just end up being the same thing. Plus I'm sure they'll fail to bring up the fact that NONE of these guys are gangsters and
After seeing what this generation of writers did to Notorious, I can't expect much from this. Notorious could have been great if they wouldn't have held a halo over his head the entire 2 hours. They could've portrayed the fact that there was an entire police corruption scandal surrounding his death and that Puff Daddy was weak and gave him up to die.

This will probably just end up being the same thing. Plus I'm sure they'll fail to bring up the fact that NONE of these guys are gangsters and Dr. Dre used to be a professional dancer just how 2Pac wasn't a GANGSTER, just a kid who went to Juliard.

The real film is how for over a decade now, the rap industry has found a way to sell "gangster" to a mass culture of young white men and the black men they aspire to be like.

I'd rather see A Tribe Called Quest movie any day over this.
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12:54PM on 05/03/2010
Fuck yes. I've been a huge N.W.A. fan almost my entire life.

Brandon T. Jackson for Eazy-E!
Fuck yes. I've been a huge N.W.A. fan almost my entire life.

Brandon T. Jackson for Eazy-E!
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12:48PM on 05/03/2010
Just looking at that picture makes my soul weep for Ice Cube. We may never see this big of a sell out ever again.
Just looking at that picture makes my soul weep for Ice Cube. We may never see this big of a sell out ever again.
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12:42PM on 05/03/2010
i'm not sure if the chic is capable of not making this a lame popcorn mtv crowd movie. but i hope its great.
i'm not sure if the chic is capable of not making this a lame popcorn mtv crowd movie. but i hope its great.
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10:52AM on 05/03/2010
Thumbs up -- if done right this could be a hell of a story on the level of the People Vs Larry Flynt.

as far as the writer goes -- District 9 wasnt written by a Prawn, if the lady has the skills then let her rip!

Thumbs up -- if done right this could be a hell of a story on the level of the People Vs Larry Flynt.

as far as the writer goes -- District 9 wasnt written by a Prawn, if the lady has the skills then let her rip!

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11:04AM on 05/03/2010
Where exactly were you being witty or insightful?
Where exactly were you being witty or insightful?
11:14AM on 05/03/2010
i said if you are going to be negative at least be witty or insightful. not a bitter prick. same goes for you.
i said if you are going to be negative at least be witty or insightful. not a bitter prick. same goes for you.
11:20AM on 05/03/2010
So, almighty Thumbs, oh supreme judge of the Strikeback arena, if I love this news and comment positively, I've got permission to make bad jokes?

Fine! I dig this news. Music biopics always do fascinate me, even if they end up sucking. The casting process is always cool, and I like the particularly ballsy decisions and letting actors rise to the occasion. Not too familiar with NWA's history, but seeing as it doesn't intrigue me too, too much currently, a movie may spark my interest
So, almighty Thumbs, oh supreme judge of the Strikeback arena, if I love this news and comment positively, I've got permission to make bad jokes?

Fine! I dig this news. Music biopics always do fascinate me, even if they end up sucking. The casting process is always cool, and I like the particularly ballsy decisions and letting actors rise to the occasion. Not too familiar with NWA's history, but seeing as it doesn't intrigue me too, too much currently, a movie may spark my interest enough to do some reading. We'll see. I hope it does end up being good.

[insert lame District 9 joke]

Better?
11:46AM on 05/03/2010
You should read Ruthless by Jerry Heller (NWA's manager).

It's very interesting. NWA were innovators in a lot of ways.

I'll ignore the rest of your post... seems like a waste of my time.
You should read Ruthless by Jerry Heller (NWA's manager).

It's very interesting. NWA were innovators in a lot of ways.

I'll ignore the rest of your post... seems like a waste of my time.
12:15PM on 05/03/2010
On a serious note, I'll swing by the library to check this book out if you so recommend. This announcement has sparked my interest.

On a lighter note, "ignor[ing] the rest of [my] post" is not really a waste of time because you're ignoring a discussion where you may, in fact, be wrong. People can say whatever stupid shit they want AND should be able to take the criticism dished out. As soon as I turned the tables on you, you ignore and ride off on the high horse.

All I'm saying is, off
On a serious note, I'll swing by the library to check this book out if you so recommend. This announcement has sparked my interest.

On a lighter note, "ignor[ing] the rest of [my] post" is not really a waste of time because you're ignoring a discussion where you may, in fact, be wrong. People can say whatever stupid shit they want AND should be able to take the criticism dished out. As soon as I turned the tables on you, you ignore and ride off on the high horse.

All I'm saying is, off YOUR rationale, people who like the news and reply positively can drop whatever lame ass jokes they want and can't be called out on it. Sounds a little lopsided to me. I call for equality of ALL posting, positive AS WELL AS negative, to be witty and insightful. And those who do not abide, let the fur fly.

I'm just conversing, man. And I think it's funny how you're too big to address this point, in agreement or disagreement.
1:17PM on 05/03/2010
you're reading too deep into my post. and peppering you responses with saying I am too big or i am almighty supreme judge isnt going to further an amicable discussion.
you're reading too deep into my post. and peppering you responses with saying I am too big or i am almighty supreme judge isnt going to further an amicable discussion.
1:32PM on 05/03/2010
Neither is calling someone a "bitter prick," which in my opinion, is a bit more of a stab than a playful jab at your "highness." Of course, that's my opinion. Who cares.

But yet again, you ignore the discussion. Sure, I'm overanalyzing, but you've opened up the discussion and I wanna roll with it. I'm merely asking, are you saying that quick positive replies can't be criticized? I truly want to know. It's certainly an interesting observation, because I often see these one-liner responses
Neither is calling someone a "bitter prick," which in my opinion, is a bit more of a stab than a playful jab at your "highness." Of course, that's my opinion. Who cares.

But yet again, you ignore the discussion. Sure, I'm overanalyzing, but you've opened up the discussion and I wanna roll with it. I'm merely asking, are you saying that quick positive replies can't be criticized? I truly want to know. It's certainly an interesting observation, because I often see these one-liner responses like "Awesome" and "Sweet news" that add neither insight nor wit to the discussion. I just never noticed 'til you criticized Terminal for three casual lines about Ice Cube.

So, Thumbs, I politely hand the mike to you.
5:01PM on 05/03/2010
Terminal is perpetually negative.

You're interminably argumentative.

I am horribly optimistic.

can't we just play our characters and move on to the next blog post?
Terminal is perpetually negative.

You're interminably argumentative.

I am horribly optimistic.

can't we just play our characters and move on to the next blog post?
5:19PM on 05/03/2010
"Argumentative" would mean that there's an argument even going on (which there's really not). The "discussion" would've ended ages ago if you'd simply have addressed my questions. I can't speak to your optimism, but you are quite elusive.

And let's get one thing straight about me --

I'm interminably "bored at work."
"Argumentative" would mean that there's an argument even going on (which there's really not). The "discussion" would've ended ages ago if you'd simply have addressed my questions. I can't speak to your optimism, but you are quite elusive.

And let's get one thing straight about me --

I'm interminably "bored at work."
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10:43AM on 05/03/2010
You never know. She could have been a hood rat in her younger days.
You never know. She could have been a hood rat in her younger days.
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9:57AM on 05/03/2010
Most music bio-pics are really bad, so she can't do any damage that hasn't already been done by Ice Cube's transformation in to the neo-Billy Cosby.
Most music bio-pics are really bad, so she can't do any damage that hasn't already been done by Ice Cube's transformation in to the neo-Billy Cosby.
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10:58AM on 05/03/2010
the massive impact NWA had in the 90's has nothing to do with movie roles ice cube takes 2000's.

If you did a beatles biopic would you also include Ringo Starr's role on Shinning Time Station?

I know you can't help but be negative but at least try and be insightful or at the very least witty. You are neither.
the massive impact NWA had in the 90's has nothing to do with movie roles ice cube takes 2000's.

If you did a beatles biopic would you also include Ringo Starr's role on Shinning Time Station?

I know you can't help but be negative but at least try and be insightful or at the very least witty. You are neither.
11:00AM on 05/03/2010
I thought "neo-Billy Cosby" was hilarious. That literally makes my day.
I thought "neo-Billy Cosby" was hilarious. That literally makes my day.
12:25PM on 05/03/2010
Thumbs... I mean, dude have a sense of humor. Relacks.
Thumbs... I mean, dude have a sense of humor. Relacks.
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