Well, that didn't take long.
Straight Outta Compton has seen tremendous success since its August 14 release, and it was only a matter of time before news of another new hip-hop biopic would make its way to the public. As TMZ reported today, a "sequel, of sorts" to the film is already in the works, one that will focus on the rise of 2Pac, Snoop Dogg and others in the wake of N.W.A's disbanding and fall.
The news comes from Daz Dillinger, rapper/producer and one half of the veteran Dogg Pound duo (along with Kurupt). According to Daz, the film will pick up where Straight Outta Compton left off, and will not only shed light on the stories of Pac and Snoop, but also Nate Dogg, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound and the rest of the infamous Death Row Records team. The title will be... wait for it... Dogg Pound 4 Life. It's reported that the music will be the primary focus, but that "the follow-up also won't whitewash gang violence and its impact on the rap industry."
The term "sequel" here seems to be pretty loose-fitting, though. TMZ reports that Dre's son Curtis Young will play the Doc, and that the movie will have different actors from Compton. Neither Dre nor Cube will be on board as a producer, but apparently Cube has "given his stamp of approval." The report makes no mention of a director, and whether Compton director F. Gary Gray will be behind the camera is unclear.
I personally can't say I'm particularly excited by this news. Straight Outta Compton was a studio film, a true Hollywood production that was able to finally bring an important and deserving saga to life in a very professional and theatrical manner. After reading the facts on the possible "sequel" and quickly glancing over the public reaction to the news, it sounds like (and many are assuming) this appears more like a spin-off coming from an entirely separate group of stakeholders. While the content is enticing, we can only hope the storyline receives similar treatment to Compton, as another straight-to-television-esque production looking to cash in on the current hype is not going to make anyone overjoyed, especially if it ends up being marketed as a true sequel.
We'll keep our fingers crossed.
Update: Accoriding to Universal, there are "no plans yet" for an official sequel.
[By Brendan Varan. He just realized Tha Dogg Pound's "Dogg Food" is no longer on his iTunes and vows to change that immediately. Follow him on Twitter.]