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2 Live Crew is getting the big-screen treatment, thanks to Lionsgate.
The studio is partnering with Temple Hill to develop The Book of Luke, which will tell the story of the hip-hop group that went from Miami to the 11th Circuit. The feature will be adapted for the screen by Craig Williams from the memoir Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City.
The movie will focus on 2 Live Crew manager/hype-man Luther Campbell, who found himself on the other end of a copyright lawsuit related to 2 Live’s music, known for its sexually explicit content. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of Campbell and 2 Live Crew, establishing music sampling as a form of parody, thus falling under free use.
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing for Temple Hill, which has had a long working relationship with Lionsgate that includes that Twilight franchise and, more recently, Power Rangers.
The Book of Luke isn’t the studio’s first foray into hip-hop biopics. On Friday, Lionsgate will release the Tupac Shakur movie All Eyez on Me, which is the one of the many projects that are centered on the late iconic rapper. (A Steve McQueen doc and USA series, Unsolved, are also planned.)
Williams recently penned Pandemonium, a movie about WWE founder Vince McMahon that is set up at Sony.
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