Fresh off of a record-breaking opening weekend in the United States, where F. Gary Gray’s acclaimed rap drama stormed to $60.2 million, FX has locked down the TV premiere rights for Straight Outta Compton.
Striking while the iron is hot, it’s understood that the network also secured rights to Christopher McQuarrie’s chart-topping blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jurassic World, Minions and Universal’s billion-dollar baby, Furious 7, while Trainwreck, Adam Sandler’s derided Pixels, Terminator: Genisys, Ted 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Taken 3, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spy and Home will also make their televised bow through FX.
Going off of Straight Outta Compton‘s strong domestic debut, not to mention its strong word of mouth, one of the network’s major coups is undoubtedly Gray’s hard-hitting biopic. Orbiting around N.W.A.’s defining rise to prominence in the late 80s, the film is a revelatory and timely look into one rap group that made a staggering impact on music history. Up until that point, the genre was almost exclusive to New York City, where the likes of Run DMC, Public Enemy and LL Cool J tussled for their stake of the lion’s share.
In Straight Outta Compton, though, the film charts N.W.A.’s rising carving out a place for rap music on the west coast, with the titular debut album selling a few hundred thousand copies alone.
Straight Outta Compton is showing nationwide right now. For more on F. Gary Gray’s hard-hitting and refreshing drama, be sure to check out our glowing review.