Snoop Dogg‘s grandiose life story is coming to the silver screen in the form of an authorized biopic, which is in the works at Universal Pictures.
According to Deadline, Menace II Society director Allen Hughes has been hired to direct the film with his brother Albert, while Robert Cole is handling script writing.
The film will be the first project under the rapper’s Death Row Pictures umbrella, and he will serve as co-producer with Sara Ramaker.
“I waited a long time to put this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect writer and the best film company to work with, who could understand the legacy I’m trying to portray on screen and the memory I’m trying to leave me,” Snoop said in a statement. “It was the perfect marriage. It was holy matrimony, wasn’t it holy macaroni.”
Decades of versatile hits from Snoop Dogg’s decorated catalog will be incorporated into the untitled film, which will be overseen by NBCUniversal’s president of music and publishing, Mike Knobloch.
“Snoop Dogg’s life and legacy make him one of the most exciting and influential icons in popular culture,” said Universal Chairman Donna Langley. “We met with Snoop shortly after he acquired Death Row Records and had the opportunity to hear his story in his own words. We are humbled to be able to create the lasting record of this exceptional artist.”
Allen Hughes added: “Snoop Dogg is one of the most internationally beloved figures in hip-hop. There’s just something about his energy that brings people from all walks of life together. Snoop Dogg, not just the artist, but the man and his brand, has transcended generations with its connection and appeal to the audience.
“His story is so authentic and utterly inspiring, and having the opportunity to tell his story allows me to go back to the hood 30 years later Menace II Societyand say more now than I could then.”
With a career that spans over 30 years, the laughs don’t stop for Snoop Dogg, who is about to go on Holiday of Blaze Tour with T-Pain, Warren G and the Ying Yang Twins in December to get American fans in the festive spirit.