AceShowbiz - A biopic about Gucci Mane is in the works at Paramount Players and Imagine Entertainment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studios have launched development of the biopic to be based on his memoir titled "The Autobiography of Gucci Mane", which he co-wrote with author Neil Martinez-Belkin.
Imagine Entertainment has obtained the life rights to Mane, whose real name is Radric Delantic Davis, as well as the movie rights to the book, with the adaptation to be made via Paramount Pictures' film studio division, Paramount Players. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins from Imagine will produce the untitled Gucci Mane biopic, with Mane serving as an executive producer along with Todd Moskowitz.
Mane, who is a pioneer of the hip-hop genre known as trap music, made his studio album debut in 2005 with "Trap House", the first of a dozen studio albums, followed by "Hard to Kill". His book tells the story of his childhood in poverty in Alabama and his move to Atlanta, where he became involved in criminal activity.
Mane spent nearly three years in prison starting in 2004 after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He began writing his autobiography while in a maximum-security federal prison. While incarcerated, the rapper began releasing mixtapes from prison as well, with rappers Migos and Young Thug.
Mane was released in 2016 a changed man, "sober, smiling, focused and positive." Stemming from his written words, the new biopic will likely chronicle his struggles with addictions, feuds with fellow artists, and his road towards redemption. His first No. 1 single on Billboard Hot 100 was in 2016 as a feature on Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles".
Mane appeared on screen in 2012's drama "Birds of a Feather" as himself and in Harmony Korine's 2013 feature "Spring Breakers", portraying the drug dealer Big Arch opposite James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.
Imagine is a producer on the music industry show "Empire" starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Meanwhile, Paramount Players has set a January 4, 2019 release date for psychological horror movie "Eli", its first film to go in to production. The studio acquired the rights to the movie in October.