John Singleton and Ice Cube might be heading straight back to Compton.
The director and rapper turned actor who brought us 1991's acclaimed urban drama, "Boyz N the Hood," and later collaborated on Singleton's sophomore effort, 1995's "Higher Learning," may be reuniting for a biography film about Cube's early hip hop days as a member of N.W.A.
The "Abduction" director spoke about the possible project at the Los Angeles press day for the new thriller starring Taylor Lautner.
“I can’t talk about it too prematurely about the stuff I’m doing because nothing’s come to fruition yet, but Cube and I are talking about doing the N.W.A. story,” Singleton told The Playlist. “The script is really, really good, and so we’re just figuring it out. New Line really wants to make it.
Singleton also said that the film would be called "'Straight Outta Compton,' of course."
N.W.A. was a hip hop group from Compton, California that was active from 1986-1991. The original lineup consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren. The group was credited with pioneering the subgenre of gangsta rap, though its members considered their work to be "reality rap."
We're assuming Ice Cube would be serving as producer and would possibly have a hand in the script... and would not be playing himself, 25 years ago. But hey, with the magic of today's moviemaking technology, you never know? As long as young Ice Cube would look better than young Jeff Bridges in "TRON: Legacy."
We'll have to see if a return to Compton is in the cards. For now, John Singleton's "Abduction" opens Sept. 23.