The cable network FX has bought an hourlong script for a drama written by Sidney Quashie and executive produced by rap mogul Dr. Dre and Quashie. Daniel Schnider from Dr. Dre's company Crucial TV and Brad Bertner will serve as co-executive producers.
According to Variety, Dr. Dre launched Crucial Films through New Line Cinema in 2007.
The rap mogul started his career as a member of gangsta rap group N.W.A, which also featured the late Eazy E. He was also co-owner of Death Row Records. 11 years ago, Dr. Dre launched Aftermath Records. The label has showcased talents such as Eminem, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
Dre's new TV show is a drama that explores both the music business and crime business in modern day Los Angeles, Deadline reports.
Dr. Dre is no stranger to acting. He's appeared in the films Set It Off, The Wash, and Training Day.
According to HipHopDX, the rap mogul, who also launched his own line of headphones called Beats By Dre in 2008, was set to produce a biopic about the rap group NWA titled Straight Outta Compton, but the status of that project is unclear.
The FX project's writer and executive producer, Sidney Quashie, also worked with director Spike Lee on a drama project for NBC about post-Katrina New Orleans called NoLA, Indie Wire reports. The project turned out to be a no-go.
According to The Wrap, Quashie also wrote the documentary, The Boston College Fix.