Is There A Def Jam Biopic In The Works? - The Shade Room

Is There A Def Jam Biopic In The Works?

Following the enormous success of Straight Outta Compton, there may be another hip hop label biopic in the works. 

According to Deadline Hollywood, Universal is considering a film about Def Jam Recordings. Based on Russell Simmons’ Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money+ God, the movie will tell the story of the label’s beginning, shining light on Def Jam’s dominance in the 80’s.

 It will also touch on hip hop’s transition from a sensation, to the voice of a culture. Universal allegedly has Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill in mind to possibly play co-founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin respectively.
Although things are not yet set in stone, a Def Jam biopic would fall right in line with the recent hip hop TV shows/films trend (ie. Straight Outta Compton & Fox’s Empire), and has the potential to be a huge success. 
Source Cited: Deadline
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