While Universal Pictures has not yet green lit Straight Outta Compton 2, there are varying reports that a follow-up is in the works. Last week it was announced that rapper Daz Dillinger was hoping to get a sequel off the ground that follows Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and other West Coast rappers. Now comes a report from THR that a movie titled Welcome to Death Row is being shopped as a potential sequel to the hit blockbuster about N.W.A. The biopic will be based on the 2001 documentary of the same name, which was later turned into a book.
Welcome to Death Row will focus on the Death Row record label, but will still feature many of the same players that were present in Straight Outta Compton and Daz Dillinger's impending Dogg Pound 4 Life. The main story will focus on Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Marion 'Suge' Knight. Though one major problem faced by Welcome to Death Row is that the filmmakers currently hold no music rights, which will complicate the deal.
APA is shopping this narrative adaptation of Welcome to Death Row. The agency has already put together a package with the help of documentary director and book author S. Leigh Savidge, who received a story credit on Straight Outta Compton, and served as a co-executive producer. While Straight Outta Compton followed the formation, eventual break-up and Aftermath of N.W.A in a time period that spanned from 1986 to 1996, Welcome to Death Row will pick up in the years that followed. Some of which was covered in the recent biopic.
Some see this as the most explosive and controversial period for rap music. During this time, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Warren G., Kurupt and Daz Dillinger all managed to forge successful solo careers. And Marion 'Suge' Knight was at the epicenter of this swelling tsunami, pushing things to the limits with his powerful and feared tactics as an executive producer in the music business. Straight Outta Compton portrays Suge as a villain, showing how he would sic pit bulls on his workers, and even how he beat a man in the parking lot with the butt of his pistol simply for taking Suge's parking space.
While the music rights seem to be a big deal right now, S. Leigh Savidge only secured the music rights to Straight Outta Compton after he and Alan Wenkus began writing the screenplay in 2002. At the time, the pair convinced Tomica Woods-Wright, Eazy-E's widow, to sign on as a producer. The movie was housed at New Line for more than a decade before it wound up at Universal, with Tomica Woods-Wright still serving as one of the driving creative forces behind the project.
Straight Outta Compton is being called the surprise sleeper hit of the summer. Since hitting theaters on August 14, the movie has pulled in $141 million. The biopic only cost a reported $29 million to make. And it held the #1 position on the box office charts for the first three weekends of its release. This success has ignited a hip-hop Renaissance in Hollywood. A long planned biopic focusing solely on Tupac Shakur is finally ready to move forward at Morgan Creek and Emmett/Furla. Carl Franklin is directing. That movie will cover West Coast rap from the early 1990s, overlapping with some of Straight Outta Compton's story. It will end with the death of Tupac Shakur in 1996. What do you think? Are you ready for an onslaught of West Coast rap movies?