Fresh from hosting his own TV show, dropping a record, being axed from a Muppet Christmas special and coaching his son's football team, big Snoop Dogg shows no signs of slowing down.
There's the movie version of "Starsky and Hutch" with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, a 213 album and, if he can help it, that much-talked-about N.W.A reunion record.
Though Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have expressed skepticism about the comeback LP that they themselves once hyped (see "N.W.A May Still Have Attitude, But They Don't Have An Album" and "Dr. Dre To Produce Next Ice Cube Record"), Snoop said he's still down to step in for the late Eazy-E, as he did two years ago for the "Next Friday" soundtrack song "Chin Check" — just as soon as Dre, Cube and MC Ren are ready.
"I wouldn't say [the N.W.A] album is not going to come together," Snoop insisted backstage at last month's Cypress Hill Smoke Out in Los Angeles (see "Smoke-Free Snoop Blows Up Smoke Out; Bone Thugs, Slash Drop In"). "I think Ice Cube is trying to sign with Dr. Dre['s Aftermath label] right now. And MC Ren is still kicking it out by my house. So it's still an open possibility, you know what I'm saying? It's just a matter of timing . ... We all got busy schedules, [but] I'm pretty sure it could happen."
Though the N.W.A album still looks tentative, Snoop insists he's definitely reuniting with 213, the group he co-founded with Warren G and Nate Dogg before Dr. Dre's landmark The Chronic (1992) launched all of their careers.
"That should be out next year around November, around the fourth quarter," he said of the album, which will be the regularly collaborating trio's first official record under the 213 moniker. "We're trying to ink the deal right now and get it all done and pulled together. But 213 is definitely coming out next year, so y'all can be on the lookout for a record and a movie."
In other film business, Snoop recently completed negotiations to play streetwise informant Huggy Bear in the big-screen version of '70s cop show "Starsky and Hutch" (see "'Starsky And Hutch' Director Wants Snoop To Play Huggy").
"I think I am going to bring a whole bunch of flavor to the table," he said. "Huggy Bear was a flavorful individual, so me being able to handle that role just makes it the way it's supposed to be. I'm glad they gave me the opportunity to shine, and hopefully we will pull it off and make it a big blockbuster movie. ... I am down with [Stiller and Wilson] 110 percent. It's a beautiful thing that we can all come together and make it happen."
Production on "Starsky and Hutch" is scheduled to begin in February, with the film's producers reportedly eyeing a 2004 release.
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