Lionsgate is working on the 2 Live Crew biopic “The Book Of Luke” for Temple Hill, a feature based on leader Luther Campbell’s autobiography. “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” and “Power Rangers” actor R.J. Cyler is being lined up to play Campbell.
Craig A. Williams is adapting the script about how Liberty City-born Campbell joined the rap group in the 1980s and became known as ‘The King of Dirty Rap’.
He was sued for copyright infringement in 1994, but the U.S. Supreme Court found in his favour for his use of sampling of Roy Orbison’s “Oh Pretty Woman”. The decision paved the way for fair use sampling for music judged to be parody.
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce.