New York-based Submarine Entertainment and ByStorm Films are backing an authorized documentary on seminal Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G.
Directed by Emmett and Brendan Malloy, Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance (working title) will focus on the impact that Biggie (pictured), otherwise known as Christopher Wallace, has had over the generations around the world.
The film is slated to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his birth and the 20th anniversary of his death. On March 9, 1997, Wallace was gunned down at the age of 24 by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. The murder remains unsolved. The double-disc album Life After Death was released 16 days after his death. The album sold 690,000 copies in its first week and was certified Diamond in 2000, the highest Recording Industry Association of America certification awarded to a solo hip hop album.
The feature documentary is made in collaboration with Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and the estate of Notorious B.I.G.
Submarine will represent the worldwide rights at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance is produced by David Koh, Dan Braun, Wayne Barrow and Keith Miller. Executive producers include Voletta Wallace, Stanley Buchthal, Josh Taekman, Mark Pitts and Josh Braun.
“We came wanting to tell an honest story never been told about the broad influence Notorious B.I.G. has across the entire world of youth today,” said Barrow and Miller in a joint statement. “They were not born to witness Notorious B.I.G. in his prime, yet he plays such an important role in the music, culture and brands they embrace and integrate into their daily lives. This film is our way to introduce them to the reasons of why and how.”
“It brings so much joy to my heart that my son Christopher’s music has made such an impact on the music community and his stories have positively inspired so many young men and women over the years and still influencing the youth all over the world today,” added Voletta Wallace.