Inspired by Snoop Dogg's 1993 Murder trial, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg will tackle this for Starz' next major series
50 Cent and Starz are creating “A Moment in Time: Murder was the Case,” a follow-up to an anthology series based on true criminal events in Hip Hop history. According to Deadline, 50 will executive-produce the film through his G-Unit Film & Television alongside Snoop Dogg, Shante Broadus, and Sara Ramaker who'll produce through Snoopadelic Films. Executive producer Anthony Wilson will also contribute through Lionsgate Television.
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The film will be based on the 1993 incident when Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley ‘Malik' Lee shot & killed a rival gang member, Philip Woldermariam leading to the Compton rapper being charged with murder. The movie will highlight Snoop's trial that took place during the release of his debut album, Doggystyle.
The album spun the hit record “Murder was the Case” that caused Snoop some trouble in court. In the trial, the “Nuthin' but a G-Thang” rapper was represented by defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, who had defended OJ Simpson in 1992.
“I am excited to finally tell the story of Murder was the Case,” Snoop said of the upcoming movie. “This was a pivotal moment in my life and career and I've deliberately waited until I found the right partner to bring this to the screen. You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.”
50 Cent added, “Murder was the Case is an incredible story. Snoop had the biggest album in the country and was fighting for his freedom in the courtroom. The only place to go on this incredible ride is with G-Unit Film & Television. I'm excited to be working with Snoop to bring it to television.”