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Are Biopics Great for Black Hollywood? @MykeDSOM

Are Biopics Great for Black Hollywood? @MykeDSOM

If done right, 100% yes, after the epic success of the NWA movie 'Straight Outta Compton' this year it really set the bar high for biopics and now I think it's becoming a trend, I mean 2 weeks after release there was a Death Row Records movie announced and now supposedly started shooting, but it's a different process compared to "Compton" which was a passion project. And here's why I said if done right, rumor has it that Straight Outta Compton was originally suppose to be an Eazy-E movie until Cube, Dre and F. Gary Gray stepped in, now was the movie great?, absolutely and after watching some documentaries and researching I'd say most of it probably was pretty accurate, there has been some people saying Eazy looked "soft" but I didn't see that, I mean there were some scenes in my opinion where Eazy didn't look soft and this is the interesting part, DJ Speed, an NWA DJ who was there on set said this on his Instagram everybody is blaming Dre and Cube when they had nothing to do with Eazy's character, the wife came on set and changed everything, crazy right?. There's 6 producers on Compton, Dre, Cube, Gary Gray, 2 people from Universal and Eazy's widow, I believe Dre and Cube told their best from their point of view but looking back at some of the movie, no way Eazy was crying at The Chronic billboard, now as far being "broke" Bone Thugs said he was in his last days, and then the being jumped by Suge meeting, I don't know, you never know with Suge but that's another false rumor but we can blame the wife on why Eazy's character wasn't all the way right but nonetheless its a great movie that make you laugh, get emotional and hopefully people also have second thoughts about their sexual decisions and i can't wait for the director's cut blu ray which will have everything that people wanted to see that was missing.
 

I think Hollywood should consider giving a nice budget on our stories that need to be told, and when I say "our" I mean us as in black people, Compton's budget was $28 million and the movie with heavy promotion especially during the NBA Finals, crushed the box office and made $200.2 million and there's even Oscar buzz floating around. And speaking of Oscar I still think Ava DuVernay should've won something for Selma but of course it's always politics as usual, and she should be directing more big films, and I would've loved to see her version of Marvel's Black Panther. Now does everything need a biopic? no, but there's tons of entertainers, doctors etc. that I think had an interesting life and career. For example, there's a Richard Pryor movie in the works right now produced by Lee Daniels if I'm not mistaken, I'm no way of a fan of Lee Daniels but if this is done right it could be an interesting project. Mike Epps is the cast of Pryor and Epps has had an interesting career, aside from Next Friday to his role as the great uncle that's eats everything and fucks every woman in Survivor's Remorse, he had some serious roles too, and he's been wanting this role for a while so we'll see. Another actor who was rumored was Marlon Wayans, I think Marlon is the most talented Wayans if you leave Keenan out the discussion, Requiem For A Dream was disturbing and was whole other direction, The Ladykillers was cool and he even smoked Pac in Above The Rim but Epps got the part so that was tough.
 

Speaking of Above The Rim, you know where I'm going with this, yes 2Pac, a Pac biopic is long overdue and after they disrespected him in Notorious which was horrible, he deserves a shot at his own movie, but here's the problem John Signleton who is perfect for directing it was the choice for the movie at first, now he isn't, according to Marcc Rose who was a Damon good Pac in Compton said executives stepped in and now it's basically gonna be a Lifetime version without Marcc and John, so yeah I'll pass on that, I hope a studio gives John and Marcc the budget where they can fit almost everything Pac went through and not make it another Paid In Full, and don't get me wrong, Paid In Full is a classic and great for what it is, Cam'Ron was excellent for his first on screen role but according to the real AZ (Ace) executives switched it around and it was inaccurate.

Will Smith has Concussion coming out Christmas, a true story about a doctor who goes up against the NFL about his research on brain damage suffered by football players. With this movie coming out in a month it's gonna cause controversy but there's also already Oscar buzz for Will's performance, and I hope he gets it because he deserves it too. With football being a dangerous sport as it is, concussions is a big thing and I think this film can open eyes, especially to the NFL.
 

Biopics I personally want to see made will probably never get the official green light, we'll probably hear rumors but that's about it. F. Gary Gray said his next biopic want to be Marvin Gaye, now I'm one of those people who wants to see Will Smith in everything so would I watch a Marvin Gaye biopic starring Will Smith directed by F. Gary Gray? HELL YEAH. I'm really not to big on Public Enemy but what if Spike Lee directed their story, sounds interesting. A Dr. J aka Julius Erving movie would've been dope, but we got a glimpse of that in He Got Game, Denzel was basically a version of Erving who didn't go pro. Martin Scorsese is directing the Tyson biopic starring Jamie Foxx, Mike Tyson, it doesn't get no better than that. Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and LeBron James all have great careers that would be fucking wonderful on the big screen, the rise, the fall, the controversy, the comeback story. You can hate 50 Cent for being nobody but him all you want but he has a amazing story that should be more than the Get Rich or Die Tryin movie which was actually good, I'm not so sure if Jay Z needs one but albums like Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime sounds like a movie, there's a rumor where 50 confirmed he's on the edge of playing the lead role of Joe Frazier, if Creed is successful let Ryan Coogler direct that, or let Ava DuVernay get a shot, there's tons of history that should be introduced to the new generation, Michael Jackson who is the Greatest Of All Time deserves a fucking movie and not that Man In The Mirror bullshit, NO NO NO, get everybody in the family involved, come up with a extraordinary script, snatch a quality director and you got the green light, MJ's story and career is so crazy you would probably need a damn 3-4 hour trilogy for it, and I'm sick of hearing Johnny Depp should be MJ in his 3rd of career, that's what makeup or CGI is for, casting Depp for MJ is like casting DeNiro for 50 or Bill Murray for Jay Z lol come on now, you can barely find somebody for Off The Wall/Thriller/Bad MJ, stick to the script, this might sound stupid but there's only 2 people I can only see as MJ, Bruno Mars or Lloyd, that's just from my perspective.
 

Do I think biopics are good for Hollywood, yes but like I said, only if done right, we need our stories being told on screen for the new generation, but it's like what Denzel said, nobody is gonna wait for you, you have to create it on your own, and I also think we shouldn't be put in a box we're already trying to escape in Hollywood, I'm talking about give us the Jurassic Worlds, the politician, the executive, the 007s, make us more superheros, etc. Not the typical Tyler Perry shit, You can agree or disagree with me, peace.

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