DMX To Revive 'M' On Big Screen

After successfully teaming with producer Joel Silver on Warner Bros.' action films "Exit Wounds" and "Romeo Must Die," rapper DMX is reteaming with Silver and the studio for a third time on an untitle

After successfully teaming with producer Joel Silver on Warner Bros.' action films "Exit Wounds" and "Romeo Must Die," rapper DMX is reteaming with Silver and the studio for a third time on an untitled project inspired by the 1931 German crime thriller "M." The project is the first of a multipicture deal that Warner Bros. signed with DMX and will likely begin production in the fall.

The original film was directed by Fritz Lang and starred Peter Lorre in the story a child murderer who stalks Berlin and, despite an exhaustive investigation, eludes the police. The citywide search by the force makes it nearly impossible for organized crime to operate, so the criminals decide to help catch the murderer.

An American version of the film was made in 1951 by director Joseph Losey and starring David Wayne as the child murderer. In the new film, DMX will play a crime boss who helps the police catch the murderer. Sources say the studio and producer hope to enlist Vin Diesel in another lead role opposite DMX.

"Wounds," released in March, has grossed $51.7 million domestically. "Romeo," released last year, grossed $56 million.