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Director Antoine Fuqua leaves Tupac Shakur biopic for an Eminem boxing flick?

Jun. 7, 2011by: George Merchan
Somewhat surprisingly, we haven't seen Detroit rapper Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers) on the big screen for nearly a decade (not since 2002's 8 MILE), though that will soon change. As reported on back in December, the talented lyricist is teaming up with "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter for a boxing drama called SOUTHPAW. Sutter is writing the project, and now according to the LA Times' 24 Frames, TRAINING DAY director Antoine Fuqua may be jumping into Eminem's corner to call the shots.

However, this also means that TUPAC, the Tupac Shakur biopic that was to be Fuqua's next film, is now dead. As reported on in February, that film was set to begin production around this very time, though now with Fuqua's departure, its future is called into question. TUPAC was being developed along with the rapper's mother Afeni Shakur, though her involvement didn't come till after Fuqua joined the project and helped convince her to participate. What'll happen to the biopic now is anyone's guess.

But back to SOUTHPAW, director Fuqua is reportedly in the process of sorting out a deal to helm the project, which is expected to begin production later this year. The film is said to be like a spiritual sequel to 8 MILE. As SOUTHPAW creator and writer Sutter put it back in December, the story would be "a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He'll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy."
Extra Tidbit: Eminem actually made his first (uncredited) big screen appearance in 2001's THE WASH.

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2:31PM on 06/29/2012

Rocky 7.1?

Sounds clichd and predictable but I'm sure Fuqua will make it fun. As for the 2pac flick I'd rather watch a documentary.

@extratidbit, I thought Em was hilarious in that one though slightly over the top, but hey he's slim-shady.
Sounds clichd and predictable but I'm sure Fuqua will make it fun. As for the 2pac flick I'd rather watch a documentary.

@extratidbit, I thought Em was hilarious in that one though slightly over the top, but hey he's slim-shady.
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2:44AM on 06/08/2011

Thank god...

They had Soulja Boy Tell Em' signed on to play Tupac, and anything it takes to keep Soulja Boy away from ANYTHING Tupac related gets my thumbs up for damn sure.
They had Soulja Boy Tell Em' signed on to play Tupac, and anything it takes to keep Soulja Boy away from ANYTHING Tupac related gets my thumbs up for damn sure.
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6:18PM on 06/07/2011

Another Boxing movie?!

Damn, how many boxing movies do we need? I can't even remember the last time we had a good Football, Hockey, or Basketball movie. What's with Hollywood's boxing obsession?
Damn, how many boxing movies do we need? I can't even remember the last time we had a good Football, Hockey, or Basketball movie. What's with Hollywood's boxing obsession?
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1:52AM on 06/08/2011
And all about white boxers I might add. I love Rocky, loved the Fighter, loved Raging Bull...but the pattern is undeniable. Cinderella Man, Million Dollar Baby, Lights Out, now this. Not exactly representative of the sport the last 60+ years.
And all about white boxers I might add. I love Rocky, loved the Fighter, loved Raging Bull...but the pattern is undeniable. Cinderella Man, Million Dollar Baby, Lights Out, now this. Not exactly representative of the sport the last 60+ years.
2:14PM on 06/07/2011

Those 3 teaming up is intriguing

but anything that keeps Em outta the recording studio annoys me.
but anything that keeps Em outta the recording studio annoys me.
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12:45PM on 06/07/2011
Fuqua made a Four-star, nearly perfect noir movie in Training Day and has made choppy, uninspired, uneven movies ever since.

So if it keeps him away from delivering a mediocre tribute to Tupac's legacy...I say go right ahead.
Fuqua made a Four-star, nearly perfect noir movie in Training Day and has made choppy, uninspired, uneven movies ever since.

So if it keeps him away from delivering a mediocre tribute to Tupac's legacy...I say go right ahead.
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8:50AM on 06/07/2011

Lemme show you my -_- face

Screw Fuqua. Dude is completely overrated. Trining Day was very good, as was Replacement Killers, but beyond that he has two "so-so" movies (Tears of the Sun & Brooklyn's Finest) to hang his hat on. I'd have loved to have seen this Tupac biopic but have little or no interest in a boxing drama with Eminem, even though I am a fan of his.
Screw Fuqua. Dude is completely overrated. Trining Day was very good, as was Replacement Killers, but beyond that he has two "so-so" movies (Tears of the Sun & Brooklyn's Finest) to hang his hat on. I'd have loved to have seen this Tupac biopic but have little or no interest in a boxing drama with Eminem, even though I am a fan of his.
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8:12AM on 06/07/2011
"However, this also means that TUPAC, the Tupac Shakur biopic that was to be Fuqua's next film, is now dead" - PUN!
"However, this also means that TUPAC, the Tupac Shakur biopic that was to be Fuqua's next film, is now dead" - PUN!
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7:35AM on 06/07/2011
Does Funny People technically count?
Does Funny People technically count?
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8:16AM on 06/07/2011
Point to Ocelot.
Point to Ocelot.
6:57AM on 06/07/2011
Fuck this. The 2 pac biopic is one of the few biopics i'd love to watch. Eminem boxing - not so much.
Fuck this. The 2 pac biopic is one of the few biopics i'd love to watch. Eminem boxing - not so much.
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