Thursday, May 30, 2024

Exclusive: Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Directing Second Film, “It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme”


Believe it or not, there are a lot of Wu-Tang Clan fans out there. And not only for their musical interpretations. Wu- Tang Clan members RZA (pronounced Rizza) and Method Man (Clifford Smith) often turn up in movies as actors. In 2012, RZA (real name Robert Diggs) directed a middling film starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu called “The Man with the Iron Fists.” You don’t know it because it only made $15 million. But it only cost $15 million to make, so even Steven as they say.

Now RZA, aka Mr. Diggs, will direct a new film called “It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme.” Paul Hall is producing it. Nicole Jefferson Asher wrote the script. It’s about Coco, described as a gifted rapper. She enrolls in a college poetry class and finds a new voice. There will be a lot of rap in the movie, obviously. No word yet on who’s playing Coco, but if done right it could be a career maker.

Last time around, RZA had Eli Roth on the screenplay and producing with a big gang. Stay tuned to see if he signs on again…

Here’s a nice Wu Tang Clan video based on Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “Wake Up Everybody” featuring Teddy Pendergrass and President Barack Obama:

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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