A definitive biopic of legendary rapper/weed smoker, Snoop Dogg is in the works, with Universal Pictures confirming their attachment to the project today (November 10).
The untitled biopic will be written by Joe Robert Cole, who is known for his co-writing credits on Marvel’s Black Panther franchise. The project will be helmed by Allen Hughes, who elsewhere directed the 2010 movie The Book of Eli. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg himself will be producing the biopic, which will mark the first title co-released under his production company, Death Row Pictures.
The film is set to chronicle the rapper’s origins and breakout year in 1992, following his featured verse on Dr. Dre‘s debut single, Deep Cover. The following year, Snoop released his first solo album, Doggystyle and has since gone on to sell more than 35 million albums globally, expanding his cultural and business ventures to the worlds of film, tech, and general entrepreneurialism (like adding a personal blunt-roller to payroll).
Snoop’s biopic is said to include a soundtrack of songs from his decades-long career, as well as music written specifically for the film itself. Speaking of the project, which is yet to receive an official release date, Snoop said: “I waited a long time to put this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect writer, and the greatest movie company I could partner with that could understand the legacy that I’m trying to portray on screen.”
The project marks just one in a long line of music biopics released in recent years, stretching back to the premiere of the Freddie Mercury-centred film, Bohemian Rhapsody. Since then, we’ve seen biopics about the lives of Elton John (Rocketman), Elvis Presley (Baz Luhrmann’s namesake 2022 film) and more recently, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Next month will see the release of I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a Whitney Houston biopic starring Naomi Ackie.