Straight Outta Compton‘s success has open the floodgates for Hip-Hop biopics. After years of being in limbo All Eyez On Me, the biopic on Tupac finally started production last month and now it looks like the Ol’ Dirty Bastard film that has been written since 2011 might see the light of day.
RZA recently sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about an possible ODB film and the significance of Straight Outta Compton.
“Straight Outta Compton showed that hip-hop is a marketplace in cinema. I always believed that the art we was creating was audio-visual, and it was headed towards visual-audio. And that’s why you see me in this world—my own heart drove me here—and I’m glad that a movie like that breaks out and does such numbers that it’s almost undeniable. It showed that with the proper team and marketing, many of us out here who grew up on this music would love to see the inside makings of those stories.”
RZA claims that the script was written by his and ODB’s cousin, Rayshawn Back in 2011.
it’s a great idea, and there has been talk about it. There are a few wheels in motion with one done by our first cousin Rayshawn; he was the young guy there watching everything that happened. Him and ODB’s wife have been talking and he has a pretty interesting script. I just saw a 12-minute teaser that he shot about a year ago and it felt pretty fucking cool. I watched it and was like, ‘Wow, you may have something here.’ He has the best thing that I’ve seen so far.”
RZA said he’s been offered the role to direct. At this moment, he’s still undecided. Nevertheless, he wants to be involved any way he can.
“I wouldn’t mind not doing it and I wouldn’t mind doing it. From the age of six, me and [ODB] used to push shopping carts around grocery stores and try to get nickels. There are very few people who know the real him as much as me. So it would be something that I would be honored to do, but there’s a lot of moving parts to it. If those moving parts don’t go in sync with me, I’ll still be on it just to see it happen, talk to whoever’s doing it and give them my interviews or whatever they need to help make this story as great as possible.”