Book of Luke, The

(Script as of 6/12/17)


Lionsgate is working on 2 Live Crew biopic, The Book Of Luke, based on leader Luther Campbell’s autobiography.  The project is set up with Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey as producers with Mike Epps and Industry Entertainment executive producing.  The script is being written, based on  Campbell’s Book Of Luke: My Fight For Truth, Justice And Liberty City.

Campbell, who was born in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, joined the rap group 2 Live Crew in the 1980s. The group saw its greatest success with their 1989 album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” which was ruled obscene by a federal judge before a federal appeals court overturned that ruling.  Campbell became known as “The King of Dirty Rap.” He was sued by Acuff-Rose over a parody version of the Roy Orbison song “Oh Pretty Woman” for copyright infringement but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Campbell’s favor in 1994, finding that the song’s use of sampling of music for a parody represented fair use.

According to Eurweb, the film is being described as Straight Outta Compton meets The People vs. Larry Flynt.  It follows the provocative group’s rise and envelope-pushing material that catapulted Campbell from poverty in Miami’s Liberty City to becoming a millionaire and a galvanizing symbol of free speech.  Campbell will be played by RJ Cyler, who earned critical acclaim as Earl in the 2015 film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and followed as the Blue Ranger in Lionsgate’s Power Rangers.  The Luther Campell role marks a full circle moment for Cyler, whose parents reportedly met each other at a 2 Live Crew concert.  Source:  Variety; Eurweb.  Photo Source:  Variety.

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