In case you haven’t heard: Straight Outta Compton, Universal’s recent biopic about N.W.A., is a massive hit. Made for just $28 million dollars (which is not that much money in movie terms), it has so far grossed over $180 million dollars worldwide, and is still going. Normally, this kind of success would immediately spawn sequels and spin-offs and shared universes and blah blah blah, but Compton pretty well covers N.W.A.’s entire career, so there isn’t really a proper sequel to be made. What’s a poor film division of a multinational mega-conglomerate to do?
The solution, it seems, may be to make a similarly-themed movie that isn’t actually a sequel.
“Universal is considering another high profile deep dive into hip hop history, this time the story of Def Jam Recordings and its co-founderRussell Simmons. We’re also hearing Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill mentioned as possibles for Simmons and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin respectively, though there are no deals in place at this time.”
The basis for the film would be Simmons’ 2002 book with Nelson George, Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God.
Now, this is all in the very preliminary stages, and could very well not happen. But how weird/hilarious would it be to see Jonah Hill as Rick Rubin? It’s not even good casting, really (Rubin is known for his Zen-like nature, Hill is known for playing characters that are extremely, um, energetic), and I imagine the only reason Hill’s name got thrown into the mix is because some studio executive thought to cast one chubby white guy to play another
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