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Showtime to produce Suge Knight documentary

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Controversial Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight Jr. is the focus of a documentary that will be produced by and broadcast on Showtime, the network announced Tuesday.

Tentively titled "Suge Knight," the film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "Brooklyn's Finest") and co-produced by Fuqua and Bradley J. Fischer ("Black Swan," "Shutter Island," "Zodiac").  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Times reporter Chuck Philips is also one of the film's co-producers.

Showtime said the Knight film is the first in a series of documentaries for the network from "talented and prestigious filmmakers" that "will spotlight iconic and controversial figures."

“Suge Knight’s reputation and rise to power in the music business has become the stuff of legend, and he remains one of the entertainment industry’s most provocative and enduring myths,” Fischer said in a statement.  “But while his name elicits an immediate and powerful reaction from people around the world, very few can legitimately claim to know the man.  Antoine Fuqua and I are thrilled to be partnering with Showtime to tell this remarkable story and take audiences behind a curtain that most have been terrified to even approach.”

The documentary will have the volatile record executive's stamp of approval, and Knight's new music company, Black Kapital, will oversee the film’s soundtrack.

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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
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Photo: Suge Knight inside his Track Recording studio in 2002. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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