Antoine Fuqua Signs Pay-Or-Play Deal That Keeps Tupac Biopic Moving

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 15, 2011 1:37 AM
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Production Leaning Towards Casting An Unknown In The Lead Role



About a weak ago, the Tupac biopic, which had been gearing up for much of the year, suddenly looked dead in the water. Director Antoine Fuqua was suddenly looking at working with another rapper, Eminem, on a boxing drama, leaving the fate of the Makaveli story on shaky ground. The rapper's mother Afeni had approved of Fuqua and with him bouncing, it would potentially put the project on hold while another suitable choice was sought out, but it appears that the producers are doing everything they can to keep the director on board.

24 Frames reveals that Morgan Creek has signed Fuqua to pay-or-play deal on the film. Essentially, it's a sign of their commitment to work with Fuqua. The most memorable case of pay-or-play in recent memory belongs to Denzel Washington and "American Gangster." Universal had signed both Washington and Benicio Del Toro to pay-or-play deals to do the film, but when the studio made a last minute decision to cancel the project, they had to pony up $20 million to Washington and $5 million to Del Toro. Ironically, Fuqua was attached to direct an early incarnation, but that film eventually did get made. Now, would "American Gangster" have ever have lensed had Universal not already paid out $25 million in fees? Who knows, but there may have been a bit more pressure to at least make some good about the dollars they already spent (though yes, a much smaller budget certainly helped greenlight the eventual movie).

As for the Tupac movie, the hunt is still on for the right person to take on the iconic lead role. Apparently, the production has met with established actors but are leaning toward using a similar tactic employed by the filmmakers of "Notorious" -- hiring an unknown who looks like Tupac and then giving him acting training. However, it appears that not everyone involved agrees with going in this direction -- could this be why Fuqua started looking elsewhere for another project to do?

In any event, Fuqua now seems attached to both the Fuqua and Eminem movies, with the former possibly going first if all the elements come into play quickly. So for now, Lesane Parish Crooks looks like he'll be getting his due on the big screen.

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9 Comments

  • DEADBEAT HATER | July 8, 2011 3:18 AMReply

    More good news! Hopefully now Antoine will pay what he owes to his 8 year old son. My friend is battling him in court because he does not pay,

    God Bless him and forgive him for what he has done to Roman!

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  • LaZar from New L.A.,CALI r&b group 2 OFFICIAL | June 29, 2011 2:50 AMReply

    If anyone didnt kno' by now ... this one name has the most buzzz for the 2-pac lead role .. " DAMARIO BROWN " .. his twitter is www.twitter.com/FamoussAss2pac ... and once you see him .. you will kno!!!! That he is the one .. he can play the YOUNG and OLDER .. 2-Pac! .. He already has a lot of celeberities co-signing him to play the role like Y.G., Ray Love (Tupac's close friend), Leila Steingburg (Tupac's 1st manager), and more!!! But i dont like talking .. so SEEEEEE for YOURSELF! Search in Youtube "DAMARIO BROWN TUPAC" and watch his audition video, all he needs is a little voice training to make it deeper but everything else is shocking! Once again he can play the older and young TUPAC! Watch his audition video here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s797NDYfDQ

  • J.Louie aka Young Makaveli | June 21, 2011 7:35 AMReply

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

  • TUPAC #1 FAN! | June 18, 2011 7:17 AMReply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dExs9pSUlWI&NR=1

    TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CASTING CHOICE PLEASE LOOK!!!!!
    THIS TUPAC CHRACTER IS FIT FOR THE ROLE! PLEASEE TAKE A LOOK!! BECAUSE THE PERSON WHO PLAED TUPAC IN NOTORIOUS DID NOT PORTRAY TUPAC GOOD AT ALL!

  • Nyia | June 18, 2011 7:06 AMReply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dExs9pSUlWI&NR=1

    THIS CASTING ROLL CHOICE WASSS A GREAT ONE!!! PLEASE CONSIDER THIS ONEE!!!!PLEASEE

  • Sierra Rowe | June 17, 2011 7:29 AMReply

    He doesnt look like Tupac at all, and none the less I will suggest that he most certainly don't have any of his qualities, it would be better to find someone who really does favor him to a t. Think about all the Tupac fans to have a dude like him playing Tupac wouldnt be quite a Tupac Biography moment. Example you used a person who looked exactly like Biggie in Nortorious, so therefore why not do the same for Tupac, and his fans.

  • The Industry Standard | June 15, 2011 4:30 AMReply

    Alfred E. Rutherford is the best candidate to play the late great Tupac Shakur... www.alfrederutherford.com

  • sean doe | April 5, 2012 1:06 AM

    Agreed, Alfred E. Rutherford gets my vote, seems very passionate about Tupac as well which I think is important to be able to embody him. Also, proper acting skills, unknown actor which is good and has similar qualities. Definitely looks like Pac from the side view.

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