Dr. Dre knows beats and he’s one of the best at verbally eviscerating his enemies. But now the reclusive rap icon and music mogul is getting ready to enter a whole new arena of battle: the slasher movie.
According to Variety, Dre is set to co-produce the horror thriller “Thaw” for the Crucial Films movie banner. The script for the film will be written by Vik Weet, with a story focusing on an “ancient evil that emerges from the rapidly melting ice in the Yukon.”
Variety noted that Weet curiously has also written another script for an as-yet-untitled thriller, to be directed by action veteran Renny Harlin about the investigation into the 1959 Dyatlov Pass incident, where nine experienced hikers were found dead in Russia’s Ural Mountains.
Dre is no stranger to the movie business, with a résumé that includes acting appearances in the 1996 heist flick “Set It Off,” as well as turns in the comedy “The Wash” and cop drama “Training Day.” He announced a deal in 2007 to team with New Line Cinema’s Crucial Films to produce a series of dark comedies and horror films and “Thaw” would be the first effort under that compact.
The move into movies is just one of the big deals Dre could be cooking up. According to reports, HTC, the company that bought a majority stake in his Beats By Dr. Dre brand of headphones line — which he co-founded with Interscope boss and “American Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine— is in talks to acquire the popular online music service MOG.
And, of course, Dre is also still working on his long-promised Detox album. Rick Ross recently told MTV News that he had joined the likes of Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Nas as a contributor to the top secret project.
“We making some things happen, man— we just gonna see where the pieces fall,” Ross said. “But we most definitely putting in major work.