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N.W.A. biopic moving forward with new screenwriter

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Dec 18, 2013 | 2:28pm EST

A planned movie biopic about legendary rap group N.W.A. is finally moving forward after landing a new screenwriter for the project. The film Straight Outta Compton, named after the hip-hop stars' 1988 debut album, has been in production at New Line Cinema since 2009, but the project is reportedly in the process of being acquired by bosses at Universal Studios and they have hired new writer, Jonathan Herman, to rework the script. A previous draft had been penned by Andrew Berloff. F. Gary Gray is still onboard to direct the movie, which will tell the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991. Ice Cube is set to co-produce the biopic. Casting is currently underway.

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