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In 1995, Tupac Shakur Wrote A Screenplay; In 2011, It's Been Acquired For Production

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 6, 2011 1:58 AM
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Hmm... very interesting... I'm very well aware that he was multi-talented, but I had no idea Tupac Shakur wrote a screenplay; the only one he ever penned. And, the rights to that screenplay have been acquired by a production team planning to make a filmed version of it.

Titled, Live 2 Tell, the script centers on a teenage drug lord's efforts to leave the life of crime he leads. Not much else has been revealed thus far.

According to Variety, Tupac wrote the script while he was in jail for a weapons charge, written over an 11-month sentence at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., in 1995; and now, Preston Holmes and Ivan Juzang's NStar Studios (who collaborated with Shakur's mother to make documentary Tupac: Resurrection), have acquired the rights to script, with plans to produce a film some time early next year, on a budget of $11 million.

Holmes has long been interested in the script, and was one of the first to contact Tupac about producing it, while the rapper was still very much alive, serving his 11-month sentence at Clinton.

You'll know more when I know more.

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  • Dankwa Brooks | May 13, 2011 4:11 AMReply

    I heard on another podcast, how we know Pac really wrote it?

    I think even if he did, it will go through so many rewrites he will only retain "Story by" credit. Even if the producers want to slap his name on it as screenwriter the Writer's Guild is strict about that kind of stuff and won't let them unless they retain the majority of the original script.

  • Kia | May 8, 2011 12:23 PMReply

    Maybe b/c the topic is been there, seen that. Looking forward to Tupac's biopic in the works though.

  • Akim | May 6, 2011 3:22 AMReply

    Hmmmm, I wonder why it took so long for the screenplay to get produced.

  • Lynn | May 6, 2011 1:36 AMReply

    I'm with you Akim i wonder what took so long?

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