Dr. Dre has reportedly signed a multiyear feature producing deal with New Line Cinema for his newly formed film company, Crucial Films.
According to Daily Variety, Dre (born Andre Young) and his longtime collaborator Phillip Atwell will first focus on developing dark comedies before shifting to other movie genres. The Compton-bred producer will also play a major role in the music side of the projects.
"This is a natural switch for me, since I’ve directed a lot of music videos," Dre told Daily Variety. "And I eventually want to get into directing."
Dre has scored various films in the past few years. To date, he has composed music for "A Man Apart," "The Wash," "Bad Boys II," and "Set It Off."
"Everything Dre has worked on becomes a hit, and one of the reasons for that is he never put his name on anything he doesn’t really believe in," explained New Line producer Toby Emmerich.
"His records have always been very narrative in nature, and you can tell from his songs that he understands how to tell a story," Emmerich continued. "We’re excited to work with him as he branches out into the film world."