A biopic based on Gucci Mane’s autobiography is coming to a theater near you. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins from Imagine Entertainment are teaming up with Paramount Pictures to produce the new film. Imagine Entertainment also produces Fox’s hit show Empire and was behind Eminem’s cult classic, 8 mile. The studio retained the life rights to Gucci, whose real name is Radric Delantic Davis, as well as the movie rights to his book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.
Paramount Players launched last June as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures.
Gucci is credited with being a pioneer of Southern trap music. Since his 2005 debut, he has released 12 studio albums and 72 mixtapes. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane chronicles his struggles with drug addiction, his feuds with fellow rappers, and his ultimate road to redemption. Gucci was born in poverty-stricken Alabama and was the son of a conman. His mother relocated to Atlanta, where he embraced a lifestyle of selling dope and gang violence.
In 2014, he spent nearly three years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. While in incarcerated, he realized that music was the only thing that could save him from a lifetime in prison. Upon his release, he got married, became vegan, and received his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016, as a feature on Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.”