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"Straight Outta Compton" sequel, "Welcome to Death Row," in the works, report says

From left, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, Neil

From left, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre in the film "Straight Outta Compton." Photo Credit: Universal Pictures / Jaimie Trueblood

A follow-up to the gangsta-rap biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Welcome to Death Row," based on the book and documentary by "Compton" producer S. Leigh Savidge, is being shopped around Hollywood as a potential film by the APA agency. Savidge's book chronicled the years after N.W.A. formed, when Death Row Records became a dominant and fearsome force in the exploding gangsta-rap industry.

Many of the secondary players in "Straight Outta Compton" -- notably record mogul Suge Knight and rappers Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur -- would seem poised to become major characters in "Welcome to Death Row."

News of the potential film raises questions about whether Dr. Dre would join as a producer, as he did on "Straight Outta Compton." Dre was a founding member of N.W.A. but acrimoniously split from the band to help its rival, Knight, form Death Row Records -- only to turn his back on that label as well.

What's more, "Welcome to Death Row" would surely have to address the violence that constantly surrounded the label and its artists. Dr. Dre's abuse of a number of women -- incidents for which he recently apologized -- were not included in "Straight Outta Compton."


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