Fade to Black: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Classics is acquiring distribution rights to the documentary Fade to Black, a portrait of hip-hop star Jay-Z.
The deal, which sources said is nearly finalized, will see the film roll out November 5th and could also mark a change in direction for Paramount Pictures' specialty film arm.
"Fade" should appeal to a potentially wider demographic as it focuses on the rise of hip-hop star Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z. The docu, directed by Pat Paulson and Michael John Warren, focuses specifically on Jay-Z's November concert that earned a street rep as a once-in-a-lifetime event. The film also takes a look at the recording process of Jay-Z's "Black Album," which the rapper has said is his last musical outing, as well as looking at the star's background.