Eminem and DMX, together on the big screen?
It could happen, as Eminem has reportedly been offered more than $4 million to join DMX in the cast of “Lazarus,” a project originally intended as the fourth film in “The Crow” franchise.
Variety reports that Eminem has been eyed to portray DMX’s evil nemesis in “Lazarus,” the premise for which incorporates some of the supernatural, life-after-death themes from the three “Crow” flicks.
When DMX agreed to take over a role in “Lazarus” last July, he was to star as a rapper slain in a drive-by shooting who returns from the grave to exact revenge on the gang who gunned him down (see “DMX Signs On To Resurrect ‘The Crow’ Film Series” ).
In the new screenplay, reworked by Joe Ide from James Gibson’s original draft, a pair of dead rappers, one good and one evil, are mysteriously brought back to life in order to wage a war over control of the hip-hop world.
Despite the plot shakeup, veteran video director Joseph Kahn is still on board to direct “Lazarus,” with Edward R. Pressman producing the flick for his Pressman Film Corp.
A spokesperson for Pressman Films had no comment on whether Eminem has been approached about “Lazarus,” while representatives for Eminem have yet to respond to inquiries about the movie offer.
If Eminem does take a role in “Lazarus,” it will mark his feature film debut. He previously had a cameo part in the direct-to-video movie, “Da Hip Hop Witch,” which came out in November. The rapper has widely disavowed that project, though, and even attempted to halt distribution of “Da Hip Hop Witch” prior to its release (see “Eminem To Voice Web Cartoon; Wants Out Of ‘Witch’ “ ).
As for DMX, he’s currently serving a 15-day sentence at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, for a traffic violation he pleaded guilty to last March, although the rapper could be released as early as Tuesday (see DMX Finally Turns Himself In For Jail Term” ).
Because he waited more than two weeks before surrendering to authorities, DMX is also facing a contempt of court charge that could land him back in jail for up to a year — but the rapper plans to keep busy immediately following his release from prison, despite the new potential legal woes.
On March 9, DMX plans to attend the New York premiere of his new film, “Exit Wounds,” after which he’s expected to perform an hour-long set at a post-screening party at the Rainbow Room.
DMX has contributed a new song, titled “No Sunshine,” to the “Exit Wounds” soundtrack, and even managed to complete a video for the track prior to turning himself in.