According to Variety, Quincy Jones has signed on to compose the original score for Paramount's Get Rich or Die Tryin', his first film score in the two decades since The Color Purple. Jones, who has been nommed for seven Oscars, will be working with composers Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer, director Jim Sheridan and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, who's toplining and writing songs for the film.

Jones has penned 33 film scores, including In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Italian Job, Cactus Flower, The Wiz and The Color Purple, which he also co-produced. He also wrote Soul Bossa Nova, the Austin Powers theme.

The story, penned by Terence Winter, centers on an orphaned street kid who makes his mark in the drug trade, then leaves the violence behind to pursue a career in rap.

Evan Jacobs