First he was

Notorious.

Now he'll have to be tougher than leather.

Writer Cheo Hodari Coker, whose new film

Notorious

follows the life of the late rap star Notorious B.I.G., has been tapped to write a similar biopic about supergroup Run-DMC.

The story will follow the Bill Adler book

Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC - The Authorized Biography,

which has been optioned by DJ Classicz. A release date has not yet been set, according to a news report.

Run-DMC, the Queens-based trio of Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell, broke hip-hop into mainstream music with hits like "It's Tricky" and the Aerosmith remake/collaboration "Walk This Way." There's an unhappy ending to the story: Mizell, Jam Master Jay, was shot to death in 2002.

Universal is going back to

The Thing

they do.

Ron Moore, cocreator and writer of the updated

Battlestar Galactica,

has been tapped to remake Universal's 1951

The Thing From Another World,

during which a malevolent alien life form infiltrates a human research station.

John Carpenter's 1982 version, simply called

The Thing,

twisted the story into a classic parable of Cold War paranoia, with the shapeshifting alien impersonating and killing the station's residents. The film still holds up today, though Moore's excellent

Battlestar Galactica

update makes him a good choice to re-imagine the previous movies. Moore is is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated American screenwriter and television producer.