September 28th, 2011
10:10 AM ET
Showtime's announced that they have a full-length documentary on the life of Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight in the works.
Tentatively titled “Suge Knight,” the film will be the first in a new series of docs from the cable network on “iconic and controversial figures.”
According to a statement from Showtime, “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua “will delve deep into the life and storied exploits of the Death Row Records co-founder as well as the volatile and highly influential era in music that he presided over.”
The network promises that Knight, now 46, will “personally reveal exactly how it all happened, why it all fell apart, and what the next chapter holds for one of America’s most iconic and mythologized figures.” Other key names from a tumultuous period in hip-hop history are expected to participate as well.
The former CEO of Death Row Records, Knight introduced the world to the likes of Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. (Director Fuqua has also reportedly been attached to a biopic about Tupac.)
“Suge Knight’s reputation and rise to power in the music business has become the stuff of legend,” said Bradley J. Fischer (“Black Swan”), who’s set to produce the film alongside Fuqua. “Antoine Fuqua and I are thrilled to be partnering with Showtime to tell this remarkable story and take audiences behind a curtain that most have been terrified to even approach.”
The documentary also heralds Knight's return to the music business - he'll be overseeing the film’s soundtrack through his new company, Black Kapital.
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