The Straight Outta Compton movie is the most anticipated movie this summer. And the law fears that it could spark violence. The N.W.A. was founded by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, DJ Yella, MC Ren and the Arabian Prince. The movie is directed by F.F. Gary and Ice Cube.
The album Straight Outta Compton is being re-released today to comply with the movie.
The movie inspired the good doctor to release a "surprise album" this month. Dr. Dre's album Compton, sold over 565,000 albums. It is the "final" album from the media mogul. Dre signed on as a chairperson for APPLE Music, Inc. He relinquished his role in the Beats Audio to join the computer giant for creative and musical releases.
The large cities are anticipating a possible mass shooting event to occur after the film ends.
So they beef up patrol and it's grabbing Ice Cube and Dr. Dre's attention.
It follows N.W.A, which included rappers Dr Dre and the late Eazy-E, as they rose to fame in the late 1980s with lyrics drawing from the violence, crime and anti-police sentiments that the rappers themselves had experienced growing up in Compton.
The movie premiere to the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting.
Reuters reports that Brown's death was one in a series of police killings of unarmed black men and women across the U.S. that has renewed the debate on race and justice.
Against that backdrop, and with security at movie theaters in focus after a gunman killed two women in a Louisiana screening of "Trainwreck" in July, private security and police presence was increased at a number of venues.
"(In this movie) police don't come out in a good light and there is a feeling in the country that is anti-police and anti-establishment, and crowds are affected by movies," Tom DeLuca, president of National Cinema Security, the largest provider of security to U.S. movie theaters, told Reuters.
At a screening in South Gate, a neighboring city of Compton, an employee checking attendees' bags on entry said the theater hired extra security for the film's opening. One guard was stationed outside of the film's screening room.
N.W.A. founding member Ice Cube, one of the film's producers, praised the efforts of the studio and theaters.
"I am glad that Universal stepped up and it's all about making people feel safe," the rapper told Reuters.
Comcast Corp-owned Universal Pictures said it would work with theater owners on any security issues.
"The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters who will begin showing it this weekend, but have partnered with those exhibitors who've requested support for their location," Universal said in a statement.
Compton native Eddie Cruz told Reuters at a screening in nearby Downey he hoped the film shed a light on his community.
"The majority of the United States don't really understand what's going on in these cities like Compton or Oakland," he said. "They need to understand what's happening and I think having it shown in movies really helps that progress forward."
Attendees at the first screenings on Thursday in locations neighboring Compton said they were not concerned about possible violence.
"I'm here with my kids. I feel secure," said Leo Olea at the Downey screening. "It's just a movie after all."
Fellow movie-goer Vince Montano added: "I'm pretty sure people are smarter than that now so I don't think there'd be any violence."
The film is projected to top the U.S. box office this weekend with upwards of $40 million, said Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
"People who are excited to see any movie this weekend are not going to be deterred by any thought of violence at theaters," he said.