By Sahil Patel
Xbox Entertainment Studios is developing an original series based on the life of Nas.
As first reported by Deadline, the project is called “Street Dreams,” and will be written and directed by Jonathan Levine, whose film “The Wackness” won the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Levine’s other film credits include cancer/comedy “50/50” and the zombie/romance “Warm Bodies.”
“Street Dreams” will be set in 1990s Long Island, specifically focusing on the Queensbridge housing complex where Nas grew up and which has played such a pivotal role in hip-hop culture since the 1980s. The show doesn’t appear to a direct biography, as the report indicates that the show will be “loosely” inspired by Nas’ life.
Nas himself will be involved in the writing and music of the project. His manager, Anthony Seleh, will be executive producing in partnership with Jamie Patricof of Electric City Entertainment (“The Place Beyond the Pines”).
We’re a little two months away from the 20th year anniversary of the rapper’s groundbreaking album, “Illmatic.”