It’s been 17 years since the world lost one of the most talented rappers of all-time.
Now, producers are planning to release a biopic about Tupac Shakur’s life.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is partnering with Morgan Creek Productions to co-produce Tupac.
They are working with a script by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, and a new draft is expected in two weeks. Several companies battled for the rights to partner on the film with Jim Robinson’s Morgan Creek before MCP president David Robinson sealed the deal with EFO. They are eyeing a February start date and a $45 million budget. They have the rights to exploit Tupac’s musical catalog, and his mother, Afeni Shakur, will be a producer on the film. Born in East Harlem to parents who were members of the Black Panthers, Shakur shot to fame as a hip-hop artist and an actor. That rise started with the release of 2Pacalypse Now. His gruff delivery of politically charged, in-your-face lyrics and willingness to lead the “thug life” made him highly credible in the urban music scene. It also made him a target, particularly when a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers escalated from insults to gunfire.
The star’s future was tragically cut shot when he was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996. 25-year-old Shakur died six days later. Posthumously, he’s sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.
When you have a star as big as Tupac, you can’t just cast anyone to play the role.
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