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Lionsgate has plans to bring the hip hop group’s story to the big screen.

Jun, 14, 2017

Here’s a biopic that we’re surprised, but delighted to hear is in the works — 2 Live Crew is getting a biopic.

Based on Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell’s Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City, the film will focus on him and a copyright lawsuit related to the group’s music. While the group had a handful of members in the past, included Miami's Uncle Luke, it's currently composed of Mr. Mixx and Brother Marquis.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Williams will adapt the story and Lionsgate will partner with Temple Hill to develop. 

The copyright lawsuit helped establish music sampling as a form of parody after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Campbell and 2 Live Crew, placing the decision under free use. 

Lionsgate also worked on, All Eyez On Me, which tells the story of Tupac Shakur’s rise to fame. The film is set to hit theaters Friday, June 16. 

2 Live Crew stirred up controversy in the late '80s and early '90s with the release of their As Nasty As They Wanna Be. In 1994, the group faced a lawsuit over sampling “Oh, Pretty Woman” on their album As Clean As They Wanna Be, winning the case after a Supreme Court ruling.