Film Based On Eminem's Life Coming Into Focus

Semi-autobiographical film now has script, director.

Eminem fans are a bit closer to seeing an almost real Slim Shady on the big screen — the script for a semi-autobiographical film based on the rapper's life has been completed, and the project has lured an acclaimed director.

Curtis Hanson (who lensed the Oscar-nominated films "L.A. Confidential" and "Wonder Boys") will direct the flick, which will begin pre-production in the fall.

Written by Scott Silver, who co-wrote and directed "The Mod Squad," it

tells the tale of an aspiring white rapper growing up in a predominantly

black neighborhood in Detroit. The character will not be called Eminem

or Marshall Mathers.

A Universal spokesperson described the plot as a "provocative story of a

young man's search for identity

and sense of purpose. Through his music he learns to express his anger

and frustration as he struggles to

transcend his bleak circumstances."

It will not surprisingly have an all-star team composing the score, as

Eminem and Dr. Dre have accepted the job, according to Universal.

The film is expected in theaters next year.

Eminem and movie producer Brian Grazer ("How the Grinch Stole

Christmas," "The Nutty Professor") have been in talks for some time

about the project, which is being produced for Imagine and Universal(see "Eminem Discussing Movie Role, Releasing Action Figures").

Eminem is also expected to make a cameo in a comedy called "The Wash,"

starring Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre (see "Snoop, Dre Starring In Car Wash Movie").