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RZA and Ghostface Killah developing horror thriller based on Wu-Tang's Staten Island upbringing

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The Wu-Tang Clan carry an almost mythic weight, so it’s no surprise that their origins have become a breeding ground for storytelling. There’s a drama series about their early days in development at Hulu, as well as a docuseries about the group, Of Mics And Men, that just premiered at Sundance ahead of its spring debut on Showtime. Now, RZA will draw upon the members’ upbringings with a flick of his own, one that, befitting the group’s aesthetic, will frame the events as a “suspense horror thriller.”

This comes via Deadline, which says the film—titled Angel Of Dustis “inspired by true stories that happened around the hood to members of the global iconic rap group when they were growing up in and around the Staten Island Projects.” Ghostface Killah and Wu-Tang manager Caruso are credited with the story, while the script comes from Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith, who penned last year’s Summer Of ‘84. RZA will score the film in addition to directing it, while Wu-Tang will provide an original soundtrack produced by Ghostface.

The story will follow Casey, a smart, young rapper who squares off against a serial killer with “seemingly supernatural powers,” one the media has dubbed the Angel Of Dust. Along the way, he’ll cope with the mysterious death of his parents and a cavalcade of “gangs, corrupt cops, junkies, and bullies.”


“The creative collaboration of RZA and Ghostface has stood the test of time through our music,” RZA told Deadline. “Now the opportunity to put our creative energies together onto the silver screen has arisen and I’m turbo charged. Bong Bong!”

This year, RZA will release another directorial effort in Cut Throat City, a heist thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Terence Howard, T.I., and Wesley Snipes. He’ll also co-star with Eric Roberts (!) in the indie Hard Luck Love Song. 

Bong Bong, indeed.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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