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Tupac biopic may yet have some juice left as a new deal is made with Antoine Fuqua

Jun. 14, 2011by: George Merchan
Last week's news about director Antoine Fuqua ditching his Tupac Shakur biopic for a boxing film involving living rapper Eminem must've rung loud and clear to the suits at Morgan Creek. The company has issued a new "pay-or-play" deal to the TRAINING DAY director to stay on board the project, possibly even making it his next film once again.

For those of you wondering what that exactly means, "pay-or-play" is an industry contract term that's basically a guarantee of payment. So in this case, it's saying Fuqua would get paid even if Morgan Creek doesn't make the film with him. This would essentially make the project's producers further commit to insuring Fuqua's involvement (important because he's already been approved by Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur), making it more likely that the film will actually get made.

Depending on what Fuqua decides to do and if things go smoothly from here on out, TUPAC and the Eminem boxing film SOUTHPAW could both wind up getting made, with TUPAC perhaps starting first since pre-production has already been in the works for some time.

Assuming all that goes to plan, who's being looked at for the role of Tupac? LA Times' 24 Frames says, "While the company has looked at several veteran actors, a person familiar with the production who asked anonymity because of the sensitive nature of casting discussions said producers are leaning toward an unknown who has a similar look and background to the Harlem-born, California-raised star. They would then coach him on the acting skills."
Extra Tidbit: Were he alive today, Shakur would've turned 40-years-old this Thursday.

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6:07AM on 06/17/2011
"Run up on ya spot like C.J. from San Andreas!" "I wrote this song a long time ago. A real long time ago. In 94'." lol Cracks me up.
"Run up on ya spot like C.J. from San Andreas!" "I wrote this song a long time ago. A real long time ago. In 94'." lol Cracks me up.
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2:53AM on 06/15/2011
Wasn't there already a tupac biopic?
Wasn't there already a tupac biopic?
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6:05AM on 06/17/2011
Uh. No. I think the one you are referring to was "Resurrection" and that was a documentary released by MTV Films.
Uh. No. I think the one you are referring to was "Resurrection" and that was a documentary released by MTV Films.
1:26AM on 06/15/2011

tupac biopic may have some juice left

i see what you did there
i see what you did there
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4:32PM on 06/14/2011
Are people actually excited for this movie to happen?
Are people actually excited for this movie to happen?
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9:41PM on 06/14/2011
I've been a 2pac fan since I was in middle school, so it does interest me. But if it doesn't get made, I won't be heartbroken.
I've been a 2pac fan since I was in middle school, so it does interest me. But if it doesn't get made, I won't be heartbroken.
1:59AM on 06/15/2011
I'm cautiously excited. If it's done right, it could be great. However, "Notorious" was a great example of a biopic with potential being mishandled and flushed down the toilet.
I'm cautiously excited. If it's done right, it could be great. However, "Notorious" was a great example of a biopic with potential being mishandled and flushed down the toilet.
9:38AM on 06/15/2011
Sorry - you looking for something in more of a reboot/sequel?
Sorry - you looking for something in more of a reboot/sequel?
3:07PM on 06/14/2011

At least he isn't Anthony Mackie

As in no resemblance physically or personality-wise when he played Tupac in Notorious. God this better be AMAZING.
As in no resemblance physically or personality-wise when he played Tupac in Notorious. God this better be AMAZING.
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1:57AM on 06/15/2011
Agreed! That was such a joke (and not a funny one).
Agreed! That was such a joke (and not a funny one).
8:23AM on 06/14/2011

"They would then coach him on the acting skills."

uh-oh.
uh-oh.
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6:04AM on 06/17/2011
Right. Sounds like another "Notorious" to me.
Right. Sounds like another "Notorious" to me.