By Gil Kaufman
Save for some production credits here and there, Dr. Dre has been absent from the music scene for quite some time now, while he focuses on his Beats By Dre headphones venture. Now, the Doc is extending his expertise to a new industry, with a co-production role in the upcoming horror film "Thaw."
According to Variety, Dre will 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."
Curiously, Variety noted that Weet 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 9 experienced hikers were found dead in Russia's Ural Mountains.
Dre is no stranger to the movie business, with a resume 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.