Freeway Ricky Ross And Nick Cassavetes Consider Biopic

The writer of "Blow" and director of "The Notebook" is interested in chronicling the 80's crack operation that earned Freeway Rick a 20-year prison term.

Long before he was engaged in lawsuits with rappers, Donnell “Freeway Rick” Ross was part of an elaborate drug operation that moved over 100 kilgrams of cocaine daily and brought in $3 million each week. After having portions of the story told on BET’s “American Gangster” series and in journalist Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance, Ross has aspirations of bringing his story to movie theaters.

“I’ve met with almost everyone in Hollywood,” Ross, told the Wall Street Journal. “All of them wanted to do the story but they didn’t want to pay me. I don’t think that they really respect my value or the value of my story.”

After a chance meeting at a San Diego Wal-Mart, film director Nick Cassavetes befriended Ross. Cassavetes previous work includes The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper. The picture would be familiar territory for Cassavetes, who wrote the screenplay for Blow, which based on the life of convicted drug trafficker George Jung. A screenplay for Ross’ biopic is rumored to be within weeks of completion, with filming scheduled to begin in April.

“If and when they come to me to direct, I’ll be there with bells on,” Cassavetes said. “I want to present all sides of what actually happened. Not hearsay. Not rhetoric or hysteria. I want to let the audience decide whose to blame if anyone.”

8 Comments

  • Anonymous

    wait a minute. So the supposed real rick ross' nameisnt even rick ross? its Donell? what the fuck is he crying over Rick Ross isnt even his name either. How fucking stupid.

    • umm

      No, clearly it belongs to the actual man who was the drug baron who was called rick since he was a child! not the fake ass officer

    • Anonymous

      its two people whinning over something that neither of them own. thats whats wrong with nigger society, not smart enough to see whch end is up and just up bringing each other down.

    • no

      Umm officer rick was never pushin drugs tho was he. his whole facade is based on this man as if he was literally him. This man was rcik ross 1st and the officer took it. u sound like a tool, think about what u just said.

  • Nico 3

    Nobody cares about the real Ricky Ross's story. American Gangster (the movie) was enough. We get the point. Get a job like the rest of America.

  • Afi Keita James

    Nike Champ 718: Kinda sorta. But Freeway Rick was essentially working for the government. The bad thing that'll come out of this is that Officer Ricky will see the movie and them claim he was doing that stuff. Not really.

  • Anonymous

    we already seen american gangster. see one story, you seen them all.

    • Nike Champ 718

      Kinda sorta. But Freeway Rick was essentially working for the government. The bad thing that'll come out of this is that Officer Ricky will see the movie and them claim he was doing that stuff.

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