Snoop Dogg biopic in the works at Universal Pictures about iconic rapper with Black Panther co-writer
Rap icon Snoop Dogg is the latest personality to jump on the biopic bandwagon, bringing his incredible story to the big screen.
The legendary West Coast rapper has joined forces with Universal Pictures, writer Joe Robert Cole, who co-wrote the two Black Panther films, and director Allen Hughes, the filmmaker of Menace II Society.
“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,” Snoop said in a statement.
“It was the perfect marriage. It was holy matrimony, not holy macaroni.”
Donna Langley, the chairwoman of Universal, is similarly excited about the project.
“Snoop Dogg’s life and legacy make him one of the most exciting and influential icons in popular culture,” she said.
“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 artist.”
Universal previously enjoyed huge success with 2015’s Oscar-nominated Straight Outta Compton, which grossed more than $200 million. and acclaimed Emnimem biopic 8 Mile in 2002.
The upcoming biopic will feature some of Snoop’s most popular songs, and it will also be the first film from Snoop’s Death Row Pictures, after he purchased the brand earlier this year.
The 51-year-old previously hinted at the possibility of releasing his “life story” under the Death Row label.
“I wanted to be the CEO of Death Row Records and basically take over the merchandise and re-release their music, do documentaries, and possibly do my life story,” he said.
Snoop was set to head down under for his highly anticipated tour dates in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in October, but he was forced to cancel in May due to “scheduling conflicts”.
“Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, including family obligations and upcoming TV and film projects, Snoop Dogg regrets he is cancelling all upcoming non-U. S. tour dates for the remainder of 2022,” the statement read.