According to The Hollywood Reporter, the feature, based on the book and documentary of the same name, was pitched by the APA agency and continues the story that started in “Straight Outta Compton.” Rather than focus on N.W.A. “Welcome to Death Row” will shine a light on the label that Suge Knight and Dr. Dre co-founded as well as other characters from “Straight Outta Compton,” such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
The other connection to “Straight Out of Compton is one of the movie’s writer S. Leigh Savidge, who also penned the “Welcome to Death Row” book.
In its heyday, Death Row boasted an all-star roster of artists that included Dre, Snoop, The Lady of Rage, Tha Dogg Pound and Nate Dogg. Although Dre left the label after things went sour, the label enjoyed success with Shakur until his death in 1996. Upon experiencing financial problems, Death Row was ultimately sold to a new owner.
News of the “Welcome to Death Row” film comes as “Straight Outta Compton continues its rule at the top of the box office with more than $100 million made in less than a month. As a result, the film has become the highest grossing music biopic in history.
As it stands now, it’s unclear if Dr. Dre will be on board for “Welcome to Death Row” in a behind-the-scenes capacity.