A biopic about the World’s Most Dangerous Group, N.W.A., has been in the works since 2009, but Straight Outta Compton is finally happening, though not without its fair share of controversy. But to anyone who think it’s going to be some pansy-ass two-hour commercial for Beats by Dre, well, it still might end up being that, but at least it’s got some street cred, now that there was a drive-by shooting on set. That’s the movie world version of christening a boat with a bottle of champagne.
Eyewitnesses tell TMZ…the gunfire erupted outside the Compton Courthouse last week when some neighborhood guys, not actors, flashed gang signs at a passing car.
We’re told the gunmen were NOT targeting the crew — but since they were setting up outside the courthouse the bullets came dangerously close. One nearby civilian was hit, and collapsed next to the set…but survived. We’re told filming will continue this week in a rough area of Compton…even though many members of the cast and crew are shaken, and worried about their safety. (Via)
Don’t worry, I’m sure the shooting wasn’t real — it was probably just a marketing stunt. Next week we’ll hear about a mysterious Dope Man who’s been seen hanging around with the cast, and the week after that, Marcus Callender will begin the years-long process to becoming a judge, just like Dre.