Though it's not clear how much of the 147 minutes FX will be able to show on basic cable, the company said today it has acquired exclusive U.S. commercial television premiere rights to Straight Outta Compton.
The biopic about late-1980s/early-1990s hip-hop group N.W.A—which launched the careers of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre—was the top-grossing movie this weekend with a $60.2 million opener. That's the fifth-highest August premiere ever.
Airing the profanity-laden film will certainly be a challenge for the network's censors, though that hasn't stopped cable channels in the past from buying rights to hard R-rated films that aren't exactly family friendly. IFC is one of the few nonpremium cable networks that will air movies unedited, four-letter words and all.
FX has been on a spending spree of late when it comes to blockbluster films. Straight Outta Compton joins a roster that includes commercial TV premiere rights for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Minions, Jurassic World and Furious 7. FX has also licensed Trainwreck, Spy, Pixels, Terminator Genisys, Ted 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Taken 3, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Home.