If you wanted to learn more about the life and legacy of Suge Knight, a biopic is reportedly underway.
As reported on The Jasmine Brand, Suge’s life rights were recently purchased by producer Steve Whitney. Steve worked on films like The Amityville Horror, One Chance, Borderland, and more. Steve will quarterback Suge’s biopic, `and production is reportedly in the works.
Suge reacted to the news and is delighted. He said, “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.” Then Suge spoke on how he got connected with Steve. He said,
“I met a guy named Mike Klein that was with Ruthless. David Kenner was on the phone with Michael Harris, and they took a meeting with Jerry Heller and during process of taking that meeting they were trying to sell Dre back to Ruthless behind my back. Mike Klein told me about it, and I respect him for it–we became friends.” He continued,
“So when it came time to do a real movie and tell the truth about it, he 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!”
In 2018, Suge was sentenced to 28 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. He’s currently at the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego. In 2015, Suge crashed his car into two men, one of whom was Terry Carter, the co-founder of Heavyweight Records, and a friend of his. As a result, Terry passed away and Suge’s “friend” Cle Sloan, suffered injuries to his head and foot.
The Death Row CEO isn’t a stranger to being behind bars. He spent time in jail for assaults and probation violations throughout his career. For example, in 1995, Suge was sentenced to five years probation for assaulting two rappers at a recording studio in Hollywood dating back to 1992. In 1996, Suge was thrown in jail after violating probation and attacked (with his entourage) Orlando Anderson, an opposing gang member. Suge was sentenced to nine years in prison & was released early in 2001.
Before entering the music business, Suge was an American Football player, appearing twice for the Los Angeles Rams in 1987. Under Death Row Records, hip hop got classic albums like Dr Dre’s The Chronic (1992), Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle (1993), and 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me (1996).
The biopic should be fascinating. Will you be tuned in?