Ol Dirty Bastard biopic on hold according to Michael K. Williams

OldirtyMichaelIt’s been about four years since it was announced that a biopic on the life of Wu-Tang rapper Ol Dirty Bastard was in the works and actor Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) was set to star. We haven’t heard much since until this past January when the RZA told Rolling Stone that ODB’s cousin wrote a script and filmed a teaser for the movie. Although production on anything hadn’t begun.

Now we have a new update from Michael K. Williams during his appearance on Sway in the Morning last week saying that the movie has basically been on hold because of music rights.

“They casted me to play the role of Ol Dirty Bastard,” Williams told Heather B. “We got really close. I believe Forest Whitaker was going to put the money up and then all of the sudden things started to dissipate with the rights to the music. And I haven’t heard anything about it since then. It was just a little bump in the road, but I hope it happens because I’m getting old!”

You can see Williams next in the new TV series, Hap and Leonard where he stars as Leonard Pine, alongside James Purefoy, and Christina Hendricks. Check out the full interview below:

Check out the trailer for Hap and Leonard, which starts this week, below:


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