John Singleton Talks Directing NWA Biopic & Sequel To "Abduction"

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 17, 2011 1:27 AM
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On the Abduction press tour, director John Singleton's been doing some talking...

First, he had this to say to The Playlist in Los Angeles:

“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... The script is really, really good, and so we’re just figuring it out. New Line really wants to make it.”

So, of course he's talking about the NWA biopic which Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez have long been talking about producing for their Cube Vision production shingle. Last we posted about this, Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Woods, who inherited his share of the song rights, was also producing, with New Line financing and distributing. Andrea Berloff, who wrote the screenplay to Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, was to pen the script. No director was attached at the time however.

From Singleton's comment, it looks like New Line is still involved, and he's has the *in* on taking the director's chair. We'll be watching this closer from here on.

Secondly, the LA Times caught up with Singleton on the red carpet during the film’s Hollywood premiere earlier this week, and the director said that a sequel to Abduction is definitely happening, and that they've been talking about doing it since the film was in production. So, even though the first one hasn't even opened yet, the studio obviously already thinks it'll be a box office hit, with Taylor Lautner as a potential next-gen Tom Cruise.

I already said that it's not on my to-see list, but I'll consider attending a press screening early next week, if there are any left.

Here's the red carpet video in which he talks about doing a sequel.

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3 Comments

  • Mekisha Hale | September 21, 2011 2:41 AMReply

    The history being told by the people who were part of that history,is very important. I'm glad to hear that artist/actor/director "Ice Cube" and "John Singleton" are putting together a biopic about the group that "Ice Cube" was a part of "NWA" sounds good enough if the story has been develop yet.
    Hopefully soon. It's important that the story of "Hip Hop" mega group "NWA" does get the right telling of the story.
    Also glad to hear that other projects that director "John Singleton" is doing also. If the the good news is that "John Singleton and "Ice Cube" are working on the project,surely it going to be interesting.

  • Neziah | September 17, 2011 8:50 AMReply

    Great to hear John getting more work.

  • ShebaBaby | September 17, 2011 4:43 AMReply

    The script that the white chick wrote??

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