Film on German rapper Bushido in works

Constantin grabs rights to gangsta rapper's autobiography

BERLIN -- Constantin Film has acquired the rights to the best-selling autobiography of Bushido, one of Germany's most successful recording artists and a pioneer in German gangsta rap.

The 30-year-old rapper will play himself in the film, which is set to begin shooting in early 2009 for a fall release.

Born Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi, the son of Tunisian immigrants to Germany, Bushido went from abject poverty to superstar status after the release of his 2001 debut album, "King of Kingz." Since then, he has had five gold and one platinum album in Germany. In 2006, he won best German act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

True to the gangsta rap tradition, Bushido's career has been dogged with controversy, and critics accuse him of racism and misogyny for his X-rated lyrics and public utterances.

Bushido's biography, which he wrote together with Lars Armend, has spent the last nine weeks on the best-seller charts.