According to The Hollywood Reporter, Xzibit is in final negotiations to join Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Columbia Pictures' upcoming drama Gridiron Gang. Xzibit will play Malcolm, assistant coach of the team in the film, which was inspired by a 1993 documentary and follows a probation officer (Johnson) who forms a football team of juvenile inmates. The players overcome huge obstacles, gain self-esteem and discipline and, in one season, go from brawling beginners to contenders for the division title.
Jeff Maguire wrote the screenplay. Phil Joanou has picked up the directing duties for the film. Filming is scheduled to begin at the end of May at Camp Kilpatrick, a juvenile detention facility in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The Stanleys made the original doc that inspired the pic and were instrumental in making arrangements with the Los Angeles County Probation Dept. and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to shoot the film at Camp Kilpatrick, a juvenile detention facility in the Santa Monica Mountains.