Oscar winner to get 'Rich' for Par

Quincy Jones has signed on to compose the original score for Paramount’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” his first film score in the two decades since “The Color Purple.”

Jones, who has been nommed for seven Oscars, will be working with composers Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer, director Jim Sheridan and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who’s toplining and writing songs for the film.

Story, penned by Terence Winter, centers on an orphaned street kid who makes his mark in the drug trade, then leaves the violence behind to pursue a career in rap.

Jones has penned 33 film scores, including “In the Heat of the Night,” “In Cold Blood,” “The Italian Job,” “Cactus Flower,” “The Wiz” and “The Color Purple,” which he also co-produced. He also wrote “Soul Bossa Nova,” the “Austin Powers” theme.

The pic is being produced by MTV films and Interscope/Shady/Aftermath. Producers are Jimmy Iovine, Paul Rosenberg, Chris Lighty, and Jim Sheridan. The executive producers are Gene Kirkwood, Stuart Parr, Van Toffler, David Gale, Arthur Lappin and Daniel Lupi.

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