Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to Star in New Four-Part HBO Documentary ‘The Defiant Ones’
A new four-part documentary, The Defiant Ones, on the partnership between hip-hop game-changers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine is currently in the works, courtesy of HBO.
Directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society), the film will feature in-depth interviews from both Iovine and Dre, as well as Bono, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg, Billboard reports. It was filmed over a three year period and features never-before-seen footage from recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A, Petty, Springsteen and U2.
"This revealing, compelling and often-gritty story takes place in recording studios, in humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power," reads the announcement for the film. "Hughes artfully shows how decades of defiance and determination helped Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre build a few empires, make a series of American Dreams come true and transform two American street kids from different tough neighborhoods into a global force to be reckoned with, here and now. The result is a master class in how to work your way up from the bottom to beyond your wildest dreams."
Iovine and Dre's business an personal relationship will be explored in the documentary, detailing the respective paths in the music industry over the course of the past two decades. Their super successful endeavor with Beats Electronics headphones, the launch of Aftermath Records and discovery of Eminem will be a focal point of the documentary as well.
"The Defiant Ones has everything you expect in a great story — drama and humor, tragedy and triumph,” said HBO president of programming Casey Bloys in a statement announcing the project. “Allen Hughes takes you on a journey through some of the most important flash points of popular culture, and I’m delighted that we can bring this unforgettable saga to our viewers.”
The documentary is set to debut on HBO in 2017.