The life story of Suge Knight will be the subject of an upcoming biopic.
Producer Steve Whitney and his company TSW Films have purchased the rights to tell the authorized version of the Death Row Records co-founder’s life, Deadline reports. Knight told the outlet he approves of the film.
“Over the last 30 years, there has been so much talk about Compton, me, the inner cities, and Death Row – A lot of talk. Even when it comes to making my movie there has been so many imposters saying they have my rights, or they got the deal – that was, and is, all talk,” Knight said in a statement.
“So when it came time to do a real movie and tell the truth about it he [Mike Klein] introduced me to Steve Whitney. Now, Steve, Mike, and I, and the woman that has my back, are making this movie. Taking it to the next level!” he added.
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Nick Cassavetes (God Is a Bullet) will write the script alongside Anthony Thorne (After Exile). The title and release date of the film have not yet been announced.
Former music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is currently behind bars after being sentenced in 2018 to 28 years in state prison for crashing his pickup truck into Heavyweight Records co-founder Terry Carter and actor-activist Cle Sloan in 2015. Carter died and Sloan was injured. The crash occurred near a promo shoot for the film Straight Outta Compton, and Knight claimed he acted in self-defense.
The sentencing came after Knight struck a surprise plea deal with prosecutors. Under the agreement, he pleaded no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter for killing Carter, and agreed to a 28-year prison sentence.
Knight is serving his sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County, California.