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Antoine Fuqua Exits Tupac Biopic; Circling Eminem Boxing Drama Instead

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 7, 2011 2:31 AM
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This is a surprise! We've long covered director Antoine Fuqua's plans to produce a feature length film based on the life of Tupac Shakur, with most recent news of his intent to cast unknowns in the starring roles, even launching a web-based nationwide search.

Now, the Los Angeles Times film blog, 24 Frames, is reporting that the director has walked away from that project. Why? Nothing available on the reason(s) yet, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. As is often the case, I'll wager that financing (or the lack of) was a factor.

But Fuqua already apparently has another project to replace that one - a boxing drama starring another rapper, Eminem, titled Southpaw, which is expected to shoot later this year.

What's Southpaw about? Says 24 Frames:

"Southpaw" tells of a lefty welterweight whose life is buffeted by tragedy even as he's fought his way to a title; it's informed by struggles in Eminem's own life.

So where does that leave the Tupac film? Your guess is as good as mine.

As an aside... I'm really not interested in seeing another film about a white boxer! What happened to Spike Lee's Joe Louis project?

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12 Comments

  • J.Louie aka Young Makaveli | June 21, 2011 7:29 AMReply

    All Eyez On Me!!! @2pac BACK! The Official Gmix http://youtu.be/Za-rl3cSu88 "Tupac" BioPic http://youtu.be/PYpgJ25d6H0

  • janicedwells | June 13, 2011 7:50 AMReply

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  • KMNeal | June 9, 2011 9:20 AMReply

    "Maybe Soulja Boy really was Pac. LMBAO."


    --Hee-lahr-ree-ous. Thank you, Jug; I needed a belly roll today!

  • Neziah | June 8, 2011 4:36 AMReply

    An Eminem boxing movie? He's wasting his time doing that crap.

  • Franklin Rothschild | June 7, 2011 4:58 AMReply

    "I’m really not interested in seeing another film about a white boxer! What happened to Spike Lee’s Joe Louis project?"

    -He did "Inside Man" just to prove to potential financiers that he could get a wider audience...and they still turned down the Louis project.

    www.bornandbredmovie.com

  • Janice | June 7, 2011 4:51 AMReply

    s/b songs.

  • Janice | June 7, 2011 4:50 AMReply

    I witnessed Pac's life. He told us all about it in his song. No movie needed!

  • iam me | June 7, 2011 4:46 AMReply

    Not only am I not interested in seeing the perpetually whining and continuously complaining Eminem starring in a boxing flick, but the fact that financiers would green light a project that allows him yet another platform to burden the world with more insight on his never ending psychological and anger issues, over a Tupac project that would serve to illuminate the truthful and practical application of a modern leader's becoming something from nothing is just another slap in the face to all of black America.

    I could go on for days on how the more Eminem is made to be some kind of pivotal influence in the hip hop community, the worse it is for black people. To the point that true pivotal influences, such as Tupac Shakur, are overlooked by the people who decide which stories (and art forms) will in turn influence American culture. Out-friggin-rageous! It's rare that you find someone like Tupac who went through so many setbacks and achieved so much wealth, yet continued to inspire people to be positive contributing members of society. This is not so say he didn't make mistakes - everyone does, but he still made a positive impact. Eminem, on the other hand, has spent so much time and energy just trying to gain street cred, that he has failed to be fully influential. People like Tupac have fought and sacrificed to get their voices heard so they can enlighten and inspire the public, people like Eminem are practically gifted a soapbox and all they wanna talk about is the bad relationship they had with their ex. Go figure.

    This has nothing to do with Eminem being white, this has to do with the content of what he's presented us - nothing substantial. Also, from the acting stand point Eminem is a character actor who can only play angry, selfish, "woe is me", and whiny. His creativity doesn't differ much - the content's all the same, and we've seen and heard of enough of it.

    But as they say, everything happens for a reason. Perhaps now is not the time for Tupac's story to be told. Perhaps Fuqua is not the best Director for the project. Only time can tell.

  • JMac | June 7, 2011 4:13 AMReply

    Documentaries and movies about Pac already exist. Why keep beating a dead horse? As far as Eminem is concerned, let him screw actual actors out of a legit role... just like the black rappers do.

  • Jug | June 7, 2011 3:52 AMReply

    Maybe Soulja Boy really was Pac LMBAO

  • Bridget | June 7, 2011 1:12 AMReply

    What's the point of having a biopic on any entertainer? [shrugs]

    I don't know, but it would be interesting to see the life of a Black Panther child who was once homeless & later became one of the biggest & most influential entertainers.

  • brandi | June 7, 2011 1:02 AMReply

    I wanna know is what is the point of a 2Pac biopic?

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