Gucci Mane’s life is set to be the subject of a big screen biopic.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is teaming up with Imagine Entertainment to adapt The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, a book which detailed the rapper’s struggles with addiction and time behind bars.
The film will be produced by Erica Huggins and Brian Grazer, whose long list of credits includes 8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon. They have purchased the rights to the book as well as Mane’s life rights.
In January, the rapper had announced on Twitter that he hoped to direct a film based on his life. No decision has been announced about who will be helming the project.
Mane’s book was written while he was in prison, serving time for a number of charges including carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession. It covers his childhood, born the son of a conman, and how he fell into a life of drugs and gang violence.
It was co-written with XXL journalist Neil Martinez-Belkin and was a bestseller upon release, garnering strong reviews. “[Prison] was one of the best things that ever happened to me, looking back on it,” he said to the Guardian in 2016.
He has previously starred in Harmony Korine’s 2013 film Spring Breakers alongside James Franco and Selena Gomez. In a 2017 interview with Vulture, Mane credits Korine with sending him books and screenplays that inspired him to write his memoir. “I’m 100% writing another book and I’m definitely going to write that screenplay,” he said.
Source: The Guardian