Snoop Dogg is a jack of all trades: he’s a West Coast rap legend, an actor, a media personality, and a successful entrepreneur. Now, he’s onto the next episode of his career with the recent announcement of a Snoop Dogg biopic.
The untitled biopic will be written by Joe Robert Cole, the co-writer behind Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and will be directed by Allen Hughes, who created Menace II Society in 1993 and Dead Presidents in 1995. Snoop himself will produce alongside Sara Maker and Hughes.
In a statement, Snoop declared his excitement for the project, and explained that he needed to wait a “long time” to get the perfect team together.
“I waited a long time to put this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect writer, and the greatest movie company I could partner with that could understand the legacy that I’m trying to portray on screen, and the memory I’m trying to leave behind,” Snoop said.
“It was the perfect marriage. It was holy matrimony, not holy macaroni.”
The film is the first venture from Snoop’s Death Row Pictures, which was formed as part of an effort to revitalise the iconic Death Row Records. Snoop purchased ownership of the company earlier this year, with the deal estimated to be worth $50 million USD (75 million AUD).
The project is being undertaken by Universal Pictures, and helmed by Donna Langley, the chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. It seems the film is in good hands: Langley’s team was behind 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about notorious West Coast rap group NWA, which grossed more than $200 million USD ($302 million AUD) worldwide, and was a critical success.
Langley expressed that Universal is eager and ready to get started on the biopic.
“Snoop Dogg’s life and legacy makes him one of the most exciting and influential icons in popular culture,” Langley said. “We met with Snoop shortly after he acquired Death Row Records and had the opportunity to hear his story in his own words.
“We are humbled to be able to create the lasting document of this singular artist.”
While the film itself is a long way off, Snoop recently announced that he has a new album coming in November that will make the wait easier to bear. Titled Missionary, Snoop is joined on the album by Doctor Dre, marking 29 years since the two first collaborated on Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle.
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