RZA Thinks the Wu-Tang-Martin Shkreli Album Drama ‘Seems Worthy of a Film’
The New York Daily News caught up with RZA this week, and he told the camera man that the entire thing feels like a movie to him. Long story short, "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli purchased the album for $2 million two years ago. He's since been sentenced to seven years in prison for various securities-fraud-related charges. Shkreli's assets were seized (worth $7.3 million) and part of those assets included Wu-Tang's album.
"He had a pretty wild life, totally Lex Luthor—a bad superhero life," RZA said of Shrekli.
RZA references Cyrus Bozorgmehr's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of the Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Enemy No. 1 as a good jumping off point for a script.
"I think the whole incident and the whole saga around that is a story. There's a book out about it right now, and that book actually seems worthy of a film," RZA said.
As aforementioned, the album is currently in the custody of the feds but RZA is confident it won't remain there.
"I think it'll go out to a private collector and hopefully it'll end up in some kind of museum. You know, they've got the African Museum in Washington, D.C. right now. They should put it in there," he said.
RZA isn't the only Wu-Tang member with the album on his mind. Last month, Method Man and Ghostface Killah ran into FBI director James Comey at the CBS offices for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and posed with him. They jokingly claimed they were, "Workin on getting that album back from the feds."
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