After spending its first two weekends atop the box office charts, Universal Pictures has another certifiable hit on their hands with Straight Outta Compton. The N.W.A biopic has taken in over $111 million so far, and many fans are wondering if the studio has any plans for a sequel. Over the weekend, TMZ reported that a follow-up is in the works, which will feature Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and other West Coast rappers. But Entertainment Weekly says Universal Pictures isn't admitting to any current plans for a Straight Outta Compton sequel, with the following statement.
"At this time there are no plans for a Straight Outta Compton sequel."
The original report from TMZ did not specifically say that Universal Pictures was involved in this project, and that it was a "sequel, of sorts" to Straight Outta Compton. Rapper Daz Dillinger told the site that the story would pick up where the original biopic left off, following the careers of Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Warren G., Kurupt and Daz Dillinger himself. The project's title is reportedly Dogg Pound 4 Life, with the story following these rappers' rise to the top along with how gang violence impacted the music industry.
Daz Dillinger said that Straight Outta Compton producer Ice Cube gave him the idea to make this movie, but Ice Cube and Dr. Dre will not be on board to produce. Ice Cube's publicist told Entertainment Weekly that he has not authorized any type of sequel for Straight Outta Compton. The report also claims that Dr. Dre's own son Curtis Young will play his father, but the actors who played Snoop Dogg (Keith Stanfield) and Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) in Straight Outta Compton will not reprise their roles for this project, with new actors being cast.
Even if this project is not officially in the works, with Universal or another studio, the narrative time frame certainly does make sense. The rise of the "gangsta rap" genre in the early 1990s would be the next logical era to explore, since Straight Outta Compton essentially ends as this era begins. Marcc Rose played Tupac Shakur in a brief cameo appearance in Straight Outta Compton, with Sheldon A. Smith playing Warren G.. The report also claims that Suge Knight will be a part of this story, but the producers won't be working with him directly.
If Universal does move forward with a Straight Outta Compton sequel, it isn't known if the studio would partner up with Daz Dillinger to tell this story. Morgan Creek has been developing a Tupac Shakur biopic for several years, with Carl Franklin directing, but no cast members have been attached. Do you think a Straight Outta Compton sequel should happen?