RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard weren’t just fellow members of the Wu-Tang Clan, they were also cousins. So, it’s only appropriate RZA would be instrumental in bringing ODB’s life story to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a biopic about ODB is in development at Sony’s Columbia Pictures with RZA in the role of producer. Sources reportedly said the search for a director is currently underway.
RZA addressed the possibility of the ODB biopic with Rolling Stone back in January.
“I think it’s a great idea, and there has been talk about it,” he said. “There are a few wheels in motion with one done by our first cousin Rayshawn; he was the young guy there watching everything that happened.
“Him and ODB’s wife have been talking and he has a pretty interesting script. I just saw a 12-minute teaser that he shot about a year ago and it felt pretty fucking cool. I watched it and was like, ‘Wow, you may have something here.’ He has the best thing that I’ve seen so far.”
ODB, who was unquestionably the most eccentric member of the Staten Island group, passed away in 2004 of a drug overdose. However, his Wu-Tang brethren keep his legacy alive.
In a recent interview with HipHopDX, RZA discussed another film he’s directing entitled Cut Throat City. Set in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, the film stars Wesley Snipes, T.I., Demetrius Shipp, Jr., and Terrence Howard, among others.
It is expected to arrive early next year.