South Central L.A.’s car culture is front-and-center for film project.
Using elements of Saturday Night Fever and American Graffiti, Chrome is a gritty Boyz N' The Hood–style drama that Cube co-wrote. It focuses on the custom-car scene of South Central Los Angeles. He uses the subculture of tricked-out Mercedes, BMW, and Low Rider cars to frame a drama about the temptation to place materialism above love and loyalty. Cube will both star in and direct the film.
Disney’s interest in Chrome came out of a meeting with the hip hop icon. Louanne Brickhouse, a Disney exec and car enthusiast, took an interest in the project, as did production president Sean Bailey.
To gear the film toward a Disney audience, Cube will shoot Chrome as a PG-13 film, even though he originally co-wrote it (with Eva Vives) as an R-rated feature. The plan is to shoot by the end of summer after rewrites are completed. Cube, who recently wrapped the Oren Moverman-directed Rampart, is also starring in 21 Jump Street (with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) for Sony Pictures. He is currently touring to promote his latest album, I Am The West. And his Cube Vision production company is producing Straight Outta Compton, a film about the pioneering rap group N.W.A.
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