Sony Pictures has reportedly begun early development of a biopic about late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard. The musician’s cousin and fellow artist RZA is attached to produce the project which does not have a director or actors attached at this time.
Born as Russell Tyrone Jones in 1968, he took the stage name Ol’ Dirty Bastard and helped found the rap collective Wu-Tang Clan in Staten Island with cousins RZA and GZA along with Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa.
The group broke out with their first album in 1993, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard released his first solo album in 1995, for which received a Grammy nomination for best rap album. He received a second nom for the 1999 album “Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are)”.
His music career was interrupted by jail time for assault, drug possession and fleeing from a court-ordered rehab clinic. He died in 2004 of a drug overdose a few days before his 36th birthday.