Allen Hughes, one of the directors of the beloved 1993 drama Menace II Society, is bringing a four-part documentary event series about the long-running partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to HBO. Hughes’ The Defiant Oneswill debut in 2017, the network announced Thursday. The series will be “set amid many of the defining events of the past four decades,” according to a press release.
“The Defiant Ones has everything you expect in a great story — drama and humor, tragedy and triumph,” HBO Programming boss Casey Bloys said Thursday. “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.”
Hughes filmed Dre and Iovine over a period of three years for the documentary, conducting extensive interviews with his subjects while telling a larger story about how “defiance and determination” helped them make a “series of Americans Dreams” into reality. Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Bono, David Geffen, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, and many more were also interviewed. Additionally, Defiant Ones boasts “never-before-seen footage” of artists such as Eazy-E, U2, and N.W.A. in the studio.
The result, the network said Thursday, is a “master class” in how to work one’s way up from the bottom in any situation. “This epic look at America shows how you can consistently defy conventional wisdom and even logic, and still win big,” a network spokesperson explained. The Defiant Ones debuts next year.