Straight Outta Compton’s success has everyone in hip-hop and Hollywood contemplating the biopic that could be the next big thing. Enter Def Jam. According to Deadline, Universal is considering a biopic on Def Jam Records and its co-founder Russell simmons, who is one of hip-hop business’ pioneers.
Word on the street is that Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill were mentioned as possibles to play Simmons and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin respectively.
The film would be based on 2002’s Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God, co-written by Simmons and Nelson George, which chronicles Simmons’ career, particularly the creation (with Rubin) of the legendary hip hop label that defined rap in the 80s. We’re told it would focus on the early years of Def Jam, and how hip hop grew from an underground sensation into a dominant and pivotal voice of culture and change.
No deals have been put in place yet. Again, this is just an idea. However, this isn’t the first time Russell Simmons’ story was told on the big screen. See 1985’s Krush Groove, which was loosely based on Simmons’ life.
For his part, Russell Simmons is very flattered that Michael B. Jordan is being considered to portray him in a movie. I spoke with Rush, who jokingly said:
“The last time someone that handsome played me in a movie (in 1985’s Krush Groove) it ruined my life for ten years, because wherever I went, everyone was expecting Blair Underwood to show up. God only knows what the rest of my life will be like now that they are talking to someone as handsome as Michael B. Jordan. I don’t know how they’re going to mess him up enough to play me.
“I’m especially excited about Jonah Hill playing Rick Rubin, but I can’t imagine who they could get to be (music exec) Lyor Cohen.
When I look back on the story, there is a lot to tell and it involves a lot of talented people. It’s all very flattering.”
Russell Simmons, YG, Bill Bellamy & More Attend All Def Comedy Live
1. Bill Bellamy poses with Lorenz Tate, DJ Kiss and Steve Lobel.Source:The Brand Group 1 of 19
2. The man of the night arrived looking dapper.Source:The Brand Group 2 of 19
3. YG Turned up with social media sensation A Town.Source:The Brand Group 3 of 19
4. The always entertaining Bill Bellamy did not disappoint the crowd.Source:The Brand Group 4 of 19
5. Bridget Kelly was also in attendance for the night in LA.Source:The Brand Group 5 of 19
6. The Brand Group's Miss Diddy kept it casual, yet stylish.Source:The Brand Group 6 of 19
7. Daniel Booby Gibson and friends enjoyed themselves as well.Source:The Brand Group 7 of 19
8. Miss Diddy cuddled up to YG for a picture with Brandon Moore.Source:The Brand Group 8 of 19
9. Affion Crockett kept it lowkey with Jeru Tillman.Source:The Brand Group 9 of 19
10. YG took a break from the studio for some laughs.Source:The Brand Group 10 of 19
11. Tony Rock came to support Bill Bellamy.Source:The Brand Group 11 of 19
12. Sitting pretty was Basketball Wives star, Jackie Christie.Source:The Brand Group 12 of 19
13. Freddie Gibbs was spotted in VIP.Source:The Brand Group 13 of 19
14. Bridget Kelly posed with beauties Mia Campbell and Miss Diddy.Source:The Brand Group 14 of 19
15. Bill Bellamy and Lorenz Tate shared laughs throughout the night.Source:The Brand Group 15 of 19
16. Terrance Delane took to the stage as well.Source:The Brand Group 16 of 19
17. YG and Sydney posted up for the cameras.Source:The Brand Group 17 of 19
18. DJ Spark on the 1's and 2's.Source:The Brand Group 18 of 19
19. Russell Simmons came out to laugh and support Bill Bellamy as well.Source:The Brand Group 19 of 19
Def Jam Biopic May Be In The Works Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jonah Hill [POLL] was originally published on hellobeautiful.com