Tupac centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist. Rapper, poet, actor and political activist, Tupac shot to fame with 2Pacalypse Now, lauded for its seminal underground vibe and still an inspiration for major artists today. Tupac’s politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.
The original script was written by Steven Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, which was rewritten by John Singleton. The project has seen its fair share of obstacles to overcome, after Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, sued Morgan Creek Productions over his life rights. Afeni Shakur is now an executive producer on the project, which Antoine Fuqua was originally set to direct back in 2011. James G. Robinson, David C. Robinson and L.T. Hutton are set to produce, although it isn't clear when production may begin.
No story details have been confirmed, but the project is said to follow rapper Tupac Shakur's rapid rise to fame in the 1980s and 1990s, before he was gunned down and killed in Las Vegas in 1996. The murder case still remains unsolved to this day. Carl Franklin most recently directed Bless Me, Ultima, and his other directorial credits include Out of Time, High Crimes and Devil in a Blue Dress.Read More
Two years after he stepped away from the project, director John Singleton has finalized a deal to direct the Untitled Tupac Shakur Project, which was formerly known as Tupac.
The filmmaker will also produce and re-write the script, which has been worked on by Steven Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. Work will begin immediately on the script, with the producers now focusing their efforts on finding the right actor to portray Tupac Shakur, in hopes of starting production as early as this June. The film will chart the rapper's rise to success, and his murder in 1996, after a Las Vegas boxing match, which still has not been solved.Read More
Tupac biopic to start production next year in AtlantaMorgan Creek Productions and Emmett Furla Films are in final negotiations to partner on the Tupac biopic, it was announced today by Morgan Creek and EFF.
Tupac will be produced by James G. Robinson, David C. Robinson & LT Hutton along with Randall Emmett and George Furla. The film will be executive produced by Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur. Production is scheduled to begin next year in Atlanta.Read More
Morgan Creek Productions and Skee.TV/Karmaloop.TV are excited to announce the online casting call for the highly anticipated motion picture Tupac, based on the life of the legendary icon Tupac Shakur, directed by Antoine Fuqua.
The casting call begins on Friday, March 18 and allows individuals who exemplify Tupac to upload their video audition to InSearchOfTupac.com. Fans and entrants are encouraged to check the website often, as important announcements and additional opportunities will be unveiled during the course of the month-long audition.Read More
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in late Spring/early Summer on the biopic Tupac, it was announced today James G. Robinson, Co-Chairman/CEO, and Rick Nicita, Co-Chairman/COO, of Morgan Creek Productions. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Brooklyn's Finest), the film will be shot on location in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas and is currently being cast.
The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war.Read More