Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Ava DuVernay Wanted for Two (2!) Major Sci-Fi/Fantasy Studio Projects (UPDATE: Lupita Nyong'o May Star in One of Them) Ava DuVernay Wanted for Two (2!) Major Sci-Fi/Fantasy Studio Projects (UPDATE: Lupita Nyong'o May Star in One of Them) Tonight: Nelson George's Misty Copeland Doc - 'A Ballerina’s Tale' - Premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS Tonight: Nelson George's Misty Copeland Doc - 'A Ballerina’s Tale' - Premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Tupac Biopic Now Officially Set For Spring 2014 Shoot. Still No Director Nor Actor However

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 12, 2013 at 3:26PM

Tupac Biopic Now Officially Set For Spring 2014 Shoot. Still No Director No Actor However
3
Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

Another month, another Tupac biopic announcement. Will this film ever get made, I don't know. We've been writing about it for what seems like a very long time. 

Not that I'm all-that keen on a Tupac biopic, but I'm sure there are many who really want to see a film finally made, who become even more anxious with all these starts and stops.

This month's update comes courtesy of a Hollywood Reporter American Film Market revelation that Emmett/Furla Films, the company that recently came on-board to co-finance Morgan Creek Productions' long-in-development $45 million Tupac biopic, has officially set a date to begin principal photography on the film for spring of 2014. 

This came during an AFM reception Emmett/Furla held for friends and supporters of Tupac, late last week, where producer Randall Emmett confirmed the 2014 shoot is definitely a go.

The script is is being penned by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, with Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur producing.

With today's news, it means that a director and a star actor will be announced some time soon, as the search is underway.

Antoine Fuqua's was previously set to direct, with shooting expected to begin in September 2011, with Oscar-nominated screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali & Nixon) hired to write the script.

That obviously didn't happen.

The story would have reportedly centered on the last day of Tupac's life, and included flashback sequences that showed the previous years leading up to his death.

Screenwriter Rivele added that they weren't interested in showing who killed Tupac, but rather why anyone would want to kill him.

The project had even begun casting in the spring of 2012, with the plan being to go with mostly unknowns. Fuqua said, "That’s the goal... I want to discover someone new… I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I’m going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world."

However, despite what seemed like forward motion on the project at the time, nothing came from all that, and Fuqua eventually left the project.

There was talk of John Singleton taking over, but that never panned out.

Tupac Shakur died 17 years ago at a Las Vegas hospital at age 25, 6 days after being fatally shot in a driveby shooting that still remains unsolved, despite claims by the LAPD and Tupac's former bodyguard, most recently, that they know who killed him.

Since his death, attempts at a biopic on his life have been discussed publicly many times.

In January, Michael Starrbury, who penned the screenplay for George Tillman Jr's The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete was hired by Morgan Creek to rewrite the script for their long-in-gestation Tupac biopic, but as of our last report, in September, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, were both listed as writers.

Too many cooks...

Let's see if this new development has legs.

This article is related to: Coming Soon


Shadow & ActNewsletter