A&E Network Greenlights “Definitive” Documentary On Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Hip-Hop Icon And Founding Member Of Wu-Tang Clan

A&E Network Ol’ Dirty Bastard has signed on for a feature documentary about the late founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

film, under the working title Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastardwill be co-directed by Sam Pollard ,MLK/FBI, civil hopes) and Pollard’s son, editor Jason Pollard ,get me roger stone, Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James) A&E, produced in collaboration with ODB’s estate, promises a “definitive” look at artist Russell Jones and “a never-before-seen personal collection shot by his wife, Eiselyn Jones, and passed on to his close friends and family.” access” attribute.

“This culture-defining special,” says A&E, “humanizes ODB like a man, a father, and a husband. Like never before… providing an intimate picture of ODB’s life and its lasting impact on music and culture.”

director Sam Pollard
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The film is being produced by Pulse Films, which has four screens and Ol’ Dirty Bastard Estate, and will focus on ODB’s solo career, “from his debut album release in 1995 to his untimely passing from a drug overdose in 2004,” according to a release. A celebration of his artistry and legacy, the documentary is an uninterrupted look at the complexities of his life, including addiction, adultery, fame, mental illness, sudden wealth, race and criminal justice, and will ask the question of how complex the media and the music industry are in his demise. was in a hurry.”

“I am thrilled to share my husband’s full story,” Iselyn Jones said in a statement. “With this documentary the world will learn about the son, husband, father and artist. I’m proud of the team we’ve built, which includes my producing partners at Pulse, Four Screens, Nicole Beckett and Messiah Jacobs, and our directorial team, Pollards.

Pulse Films Executive Producer Sam Bridger said, “ODB completely defined what it means to be an MC. A talent who lived and breathed their art. We are thrilled to have Sam and Jason Pollard on board, who Ideal filmmaker to tell this wonderful story for the first time.There will be no one like ODB and we are so grateful to his family and friends who invited us into his world.

Ol' Dirty Bastard performs in 1998

Ol’ Dirty Bastard performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York, February 25, 1998
AP Photo / Mark Lenihan

Despite his surname, ODB died young, with his 36 . only two days less thanth Birthday, of an accidental drug overdose. One music writer described him as the “loose cannon” of the Wu-Tang Clan, adding that he delivered his “outrageously profane, free-assist rhymes in a distinctive half-rapped, half-sung style.. . ODB Gonzo came across as a mix of comic relief and not quite a constant threat.” His former Wu-Tang Clan bandmate RZA called him a “visionary … a scientist and a diminutive prophet”.

,Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard Will introduce audiences to the untold story of the man and the musician,” commented Alain Fronten Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming at A&E. ,[He] Made a huge cultural impact in just a few years. ,

The upcoming documentary is produced by Four Screens for Pulse Films and A&E Network. Sam Pollard and Jason Pollard Direct. Sam Bridger and Diane Petrel serve as executive producers and Louis Moll serves as producers for Pulse Films. Messiah Jacobs, Nicole Beckett and Eiselyn Jones serve as executive producers representing the Four Screens and Ol’ Dirty Bastard estate. Ellen Fronten Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Networks. A+E Networks has worldwide distribution rights for Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard,