New Line and Dr. Dre are teaming up for a multiyear feature producing deal through his new production comapany Crucial Films.

Dre will co-produce with longtime collaborator Phillip Atwell; Variety adds he plans to focus first on developing dark comedies for the mini-major before moving into other areas, such as horror. He'll be heavily involved in the music side of such projects.

New Line head, Toby Emmerich first approached Dre a year ago in order to convince him that his producing and storytelling capabilities would be welcome at New Line. No word on when his first film will be developed.