Run-DMC Movie In The Works, With Screenplay By 'Notorious' Writer

Cheo Hodari Coker is adapting script from rap pioneers' authorized biography.

The screenwriter who brought the story of Biggie Smalls to the big screen with "Notorious" is at it again. This time, Cheo Hodari Coker is working on a script chronicling the story of rap pioneers [artist id="944"]Run-DMC[/artist] based on the book "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bill Adler, Run-DMC's longtime publicist and the author of "Tougher," is a former hip-hop journalist who was the second full-time employee at Def Jam Recordings, working with a who's who of the label's legendary roster, including Kurtis Blow, the [artist id="968"]Beastie Boys[/artist], [artist id="932"]LL Cool J[/artist] and [artist id="939"]Public Enemy[/artist]. Adler, who went on to found the Eyejammie art gallery in New York, will executive-produce the film.

Following the arc of the book, the "Tougher Than Leather" movie will lay down the history of hip-hop's first superstars, profiling the Hollis, Queens, trio that included Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and late DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, who was murdered in a still-unsolved crime in his Queens studio in 2002.

Best known for indelible hip-hop hits like "It's Tricky" and "My Adidas," Run-DMC broke through to the mainstream in 1986 with their landmark collaboration with hard rockers [artist id="1028"]Aerosmith[/artist] on a beat-infused remake of that group's 1975 hit "Walk This Way." Run-DMC, who broke up in 2002 following Mizell's murder, are slated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4 as only the second hip-hop group to receive that honor.

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