By Jasmin | Shadow and Act September 27, 2011 at 7:29AM
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is set to direct and produce a new documentary project based on the life and exploits of Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight.
The project is the first in a series of new documentaries produced by Showtime that will spotlight iconic and controversial figures to be overseen by filmmakers. Black Swan’s Bradley J. Fisher will produce alongside Fuqua.
Knight will participate in the doc and will discuss his rise to fame, why it fell apart and what’s next. The former CEO of Death Row Records is credited with launching the careers of Snoop Dogg and P Diddy, among others.
The effort also doubles as Knight’s return to the music business, as Knight set to oversee the film’s soundtrack, which will feature original tracks from new and established performers, through his new company Black Kapital.
News of this project comes as a surprise, considering recent talk of Fuqua's much-anticipated narrative biopic on slain Death Row artist Tupac Shakur.