Suge Knight, the controversial co-founder of hip-hop’s Death Row Records, is finally ready to tell his side of the story in a biopic set to be produced by Steve Whitney. Best known for producing the Amityville Horror remake with Ryan Reynolds, Whitney has also gathered director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) and writer Anthony Thorne (Badge of Honor), to tell Suge’s story.

The biopic went into production almost immediately after Suge Knight allegedly sold his life rights to Whitney, according to Deadline, whom he was introduced to through Ruthless Records’ Mike Klein, a self-described former director of business affairs and ex-IDF bodyguard paid to “handle” the notoriously ferocious Suge.

The Death Row Records co-founder is currently behind bars stemming from a 2018 guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter. On Jan. 29, 2015, he crashed his car into Terry Carter, his former friend and Heavyweight Records founder, in a hit-and-run accident. Fleeing the scene after the vehicular attack, witnesses followed him to the film set of the F. Gary Gray-directed N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, where he was later arrested.

Suge, 56, was also charged with “threatening death or bodily injury” in texts sent to director F. Gary Gray after the incident, though the charges were dropped as part of his plea deal. He will not see the chance for parole until July 2037.

“Over the last 30 years, there has been so much talk about Compton, me, the inner cities, and Death Row—A lot of talk,” Suge Knight told Deadline, announcing the upcoming film. “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.”

“I jumped off the porch in my neighborhood at a young age but never forgot where I came from,” he continued. “Most people try to ride for the hills, I made it and tried to bring as many people to the hills with me and feel that I was successful at it.”

Dr. Dre, former Death Row Records co-founder with Suge Knight, standing with his Aftermath artists 50 Cent and Eminem
Dr. Dre, former Death Row Records co-founder with Suge Knight, standing with his Aftermath artists 50 Cent and Eminem. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

No actor was mentioned in talks to play the Death Row Records co-founder, nor any release dates, title information, or plot details. It also remains unknown who will play other legendary figures in the business, such as Dr. Dre, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, and possibly even Tupac Shakur.

Started in 1991, Death Row Records produced some of the most classic hip-hop albums of the ’90s, including Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, and 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me. The studio went bankrupt after Dr. Dre left to form Aftermath Records amid Suge Knight’s alleged criminal activities, losing the company’s nearly $100 million a year profit.

Tupac Shakur’s death in 1996 officially sank Death Row, however, especially following Suge Knight being named a suspect in the 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace, a rapper by the name of the Notorious B.I.G. that heavily competed with Shakur commercially in an East Coast vs. West Coast feud.

Though it was never proven in countless investigations, Retired LAPD Officer Greg Kading has written many books about his involvement in the case, and his belief that Suge orchestrated the murder in retaliation for Tupac’s death. Both murders remain unsolved to this day.

“During the golden era of rap and hip hop, all roads led through Suge Knight,” Steve Whitney told Deadline. “That era helped define a new brand of music and culture that changed the world.”

Suge has appeared in numerous films over the years, including Notorious, Straight Outta Compton, Surviving Compton: Dre, Unsolved, and the the 2018 Showtime documentary American Dream/American Knightmare. None have ever been made with Suge’s full creative control or told from his perspective.

“So when it came time to do a real movie,” Suge Knight added, “[we’re going to] tell the truth about it.”