Antoine Fuqua's biopic on Tupac Shakur gears up for production later this year
We've already seen a biopic for Biggie Smalls with George Tillman Jr.'s 2009 film NOTORIOUS, and now the other greatest rapper in the history of Hip-Hop, Tupac Shakur, will be getting his shot courtesy of director Antoine Fuqua (BROOKLYN'S FINEST, TRAINING DAY).
Last May, Fuqua confirmed that TUPAC would be his next film saying that the hope was to begin filming in September, though things wound up taking longer than planned. But now according to a newly issued press release, Fuqua and his production are gearing up to begin work on the rapper's biopic later this year.
The film, written by Steve Bagatourian (AMERICAN GUN), Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson (ALI), will chronicle "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."
Filming on TUPAC is scheduled to begin in late Spring/early Summer in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas.
My hope is that Fuqua doesn't get too bogged down with finding an actor that very literally looks and sounds the part, but rather finds someone that can really convey Shakur's undeniable charisma, fierceness, and soul. Who could do that? Tell us what you think below.
|Extra Tidbit:||THUG ANGEL is a very good documentary on the man (available on Netflix Instant), particularly when it focuses on his early years as a teenager. The complexity and intelligence evident in Shakur at such a young age makes his death (at only 25) all the more tragic.|