The RZA provides updates on long-rumored film projects about the late, great ODB.
While he’s readying his directorial debut The Man With The Iron Fists, the RZA told Indiewire that there are two separate film projects in the works about his cousin and fellow Wu Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Russell Jones), who died in 2004.
“There’s two things going on with the ODB situation. There’s Dirty White Boy, which is about the manager of ODB, and his last two years. And there’s another one with a working title called, Dirt: One Word Could Change The World, that his family is more involved with. His mother is involved with Dirty White Boy. I’m involved with both, anything about his life, I want to help out with any capacity. His mother told me I should come in and help,” he says.
Dirty White Boy stars The Wire‘s Micheal Kenneth Williams, and the RZA might be involved in the production, either behind or in front of the camera. “Maybe for that one, I’ll score it, they told me they need someone to music supervise… I saw some pages where I’m in it. But you know how it is, movies gotta take a year to make it in a week.”
“As far as Dirt, that actually starts back when we was young,” RZA says. “Me and [ODB] ran through this city, man, cutting school, stealin’ pretzels from the hot dog stand, being vagabonds, sleeping on the trains, drinking ’40s on the back of the A Train, rapping, getting chased by the police. It’s a coming of age story that me and him and a few of our cousins went through.Then it goes on into finally becoming Wu-Tang, going through that hell. And then it takes on his side of it, not my side.”
As for whether or not he’ll continue his directing career with either of these films, he’s not sure. “I dunno, it depends. Right now I’m not, though.”