Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray’s biopic about N.W.A., has been a massive box office success. With its $60.2 million opening, the film not only set the record for the best August debut for an R-rated movie, but is the fifth-highest grossing August opener for any film ever. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s already plans for a sequel.
According to TMZ, Dogg Pound 4 Life will reportedly focus on another prominent West Coast rap collective, Death Row Records, specifically the careers of Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G., and Kurupt, as well as Death Row head Suge Knight.
Music will be the plot’s primarily focus, according to TMZ, but it “also won’t whitewash gang violence and its impact on the rap industry.”
In terms of casting, TMZ reports that none of the actors featured in Straight Outta Compton are expected to reprise their roles. Instead, Dr. Dre’s son, Curtis Young, will play the role of his father.
Dr. Dre and Ice Cube will not serve as producers either, but TMZ says Ice Cube has already signed off on the project.
The announcement of Dogg Pound 4 means there are now three Tupac-related biopics in the works. Directors John Singleton (Poetic Justice, Boyz n the Hood) and Carl Franklin (Out of Time, House of Cards) are helming competing standalone films about the life of the California MC.
Below, revisit Tupac and Snoop Dogg’s video for “2 Of Americaz Most Wanted”.