As biopics seem to be getting a big push from the studios these days, the story of Def Jam records now looks to share some of it’s chapters. The record label created by Russell Simmons, and Rick Rubin has been known as a staple in Hip-Hop, and noticeably comedy. Back in 1992, Russell Simmons with a few comedy insiders launched premiere stand-up comedy series, Def Comedy Jam. Reports have been made that a now Def Jam biopic is being eyed by Universal with the hopes of Jonah Hill and Michael B. Jordan. The movie is to be based around Russell’s book “Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God” which covers Russell’s life and business, including Def Comedy Jam.
Excerpt from the book:
He traces the launching of Def Comedy Jam, the long-running hit television series that introduced a new generation of black comedic stars to America, from Martin Lawrence and Bill Bellamy to Bernie Mac and Chris Rock. He spins hilarious tales of his adventures in Hollywood, where he’s produced hit movies like Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor and worked with quirky geniuses like Abel Ferrara.
Indie Wire details more of the story, Deadline reports that the studio is working on a movie based on Russell Simmons’ memoir “Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God.” The movie will track the rise of hip hop from the underground to the mainstream, which was aided by the work done by the folks at Def Jam, who were behind acts like Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and, uh, Slayer…The real juicy tidbit to this report is that the studio apparently wants to Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill to play Def Jam co-founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, but it’s far from official and no contracts are inked.