Fresh off success and more than a bit of controversy with their whirlwind excess of a movie spectacular, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill look to team up again and take their talents to the small screen.
As first reported by Deadline, the Oscar-nominated duo are in the works to develop a scripted drama series loosely based on the life of Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Q-Tip. The rapper is a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, a 1985 group out of a Queens that was still performing together last year, and who was part of an alliance of positive, eclectic and jazz and soul-influenced artists during the late '80s and early '90s known as The Native Tongues.
Q-Tip and DiCaprio are longtime friends, and it will be from the former’s experience that the show will draw its stories about music, relationships, and blossoming culture.
The untitled project will be produced by DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, and while a writer has yet to be attached to it, it is expected to be taken around to various networks next week.
Among the other founding members of this influential collective were De La Soul and The Jungle Brothers, and members also included Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Mos Def, and Common.
The immediately parallel that comes to mind, in this early stage that is, would be ‘Treme,’ a show that unprecedentedly embraced the powerful ties between music and a region at a specific time and place. With the star power attached, the show already seems promising.