Briefly: Last time we heard about the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton was only days ago, when director John Singleton said that he’s been talking to former N.W.A member Ice Cube about directing the film. But he may not be the only person in line for the job.

Vulture says that F. Gary Gray, Peter Berg and Craig Brewer are all on the list at New Line. First reaction to that list is that Craig Brewer might be a great choice. Based on what I’m hearing about Footloose, he’s about to make believers out of a lot of former naysayers like myself. (I’ve been a naysayer about Footloose, that is; I’ve liked Brewer’s other films.) F. Gary Gray isn’t a compelling choice, given his very inconsistent output, and Peter Berg seems like the wild card. He could probably have the job if he wants it, and might do well with it as a break after the big-budget Battleship. Sadly, I’d be tempted to say that all three of these guys are probably a better choice than late-model Singleton. But this is the sort of story that could easily make Singleton and/or Gray step up in a big way, so I wouldn’t cross anyone off the list yet.

Will John Singleton Direct the N.W.A Movie?

If one were to assemble a shortlist of possible directors for Straight Outta Compton, the mooted N.W.A biopic, one of the obvious choices would be John Singleton. Well, the John Singleton of Boyz n the Hood, at least; perhaps not the Singleton of Abduction. If you did put Singleton high on the list to make the N.W.A. film, you wouldn’t be alone; evidently Ice Cube has approached him to make the picture. Read More »