Antoine Fuqua will direct.
Kicking off a series of documentaries on iconic and controversial figures, Showtime will produce a doc focusing on the life and exploits of Death Records co-founder Suge Knight.
The as-yet titled project will be helmed and produced by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and co-produced by Bradley J. Fischer.
Why a documentary on such a tumultuous figure as Suge Knight?
“Suge Knight’s reputation and rise to power in the music business has become the stuff of legend,” Fischer said in a statement on Tuesday, “and he remains one of the entertainment industry’s most provocative and enduring myths. But while his name elicits an immediate and powerful reaction from people around the world, very few can legitimately claim to know the man.”
Knight will participate in the documentary, discussing his rise to fame, why it all (particularly Death Row Records) fell apart and what he has planned for the future.
As the former CEO of Death Row Records, he is not only credited with launching the careers of rap icons like Snoop Dogg but overseeing one of the most power hip hop labels in the genre’s history.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Showtime project will also act as a re-launching pad for Knight’s music career. He will oversee the documentary’s soundtrack, which will feature music from new and established artists signed to his new company, Black Kapital.
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