The folks over at XXL (via Shadow & Act) recently caught up with RZA, who had some pretty interesting updates about the project. First off, a script by rapper and ODB's cousin Raeshawn is done, and one actor has already signed a letter of intent, and it's a choice that's kind of surprising.
“[Raeshawn]'s been working on it for two years now,” RZA said. “[In fact] I think Eddie [Griffin]’s already signed on with a letter of Intent—I signed on, of course. So you know [Raeshawn] got my blessin’ to make it happen.”
Eddie Griffin? The "Malcolm & Eddie" star whose last film was the straight-to-video "Beethoven's Big Break"? Uh, ok. Not exactly who we pictured, but then again, it's hard enough to picture anybody trying to replicate the unique personality and style of ODB. But in confirming Griffin as the favorite for the role, RZA also mentioned one other choice that is actually pretty inspired. "Eddie Griffin is down” he said. “Me and Eddie talked about it, laughed about it. Tracy Morgan, he wanna do it [too]. I said ‘Ya’ll both kinda can do it.’”
Wait, so they can both do it now? Which one is it, RZA? Of course, if/when/who/how this gets made remains to be seen. Just like hip hop albums, hip hop biopics seem to get pushed back all the time, so who knows when this might happen. As for RZA, he's busy finishing up his kung fu flick "The Man With The Iron Fist," produced and co-written by Eli Roth and starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Pam Grier. That should be all kinds of bad ass.