Another month, another Tupac biopic announcement. Will this film ever get made, I don’t know. We’ve been writing about it for what seems like a very long time.
Not that I’m all-that keen on a Tupac biopic, but I’m sure there are many who really want to see a film finally made, who become even more anxious with all these starts and stops.
This month’s update comes courtesy of a Hollywood Reporter American Film Market revelation that Emmett/Furla Films, the company that recently came on-board to co-finance Morgan Creek Productions’ long-in-development $45 million Tupac biopic, has officially set a date to begin principal photography on the film for spring of 2014.
This came during an AFM reception Emmett/Furla held for friends and supporters of Tupac, late last week, where producer Randall Emmett confirmed the 2014 shoot is definitely a go.
The script is is being penned by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, with Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur producing.
With today’s news, it means that a director and a star actor will be announced some time soon, as the search is underway.
Antoine Fuqua’s was previously set to direct, with shooting expected to begin in September 2011, with Oscar-nominated screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali & Nixon) hired to write the script.
That obviously didn’t happen.
The story would have reportedly centered on the last day of Tupac’s life, and included flashback sequences that showed the previous years leading up to his death.
Screenwriter Rivele added that they weren’t interested in showing who killed Tupac, but rather why anyone would want to kill him.
The project had even begun casting in the spring of 2012, with the plan being to go with mostly unknowns. Fuqua said, “That’s the goal… I want to discover someone new… I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I’m going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.”
However, despite what seemed like forward motion on the project at the time, nothing came from all that, and Fuqua eventually left the project.
There was talk of John Singleton taking over, but that never panned out.
Tupac Shakur died 17 years ago at a Las Vegas hospital at age 25, 6 days after being fatally shot in a driveby shooting that still remains unsolved, despite claims by the LAPD and Tupac’s former bodyguard, most recently, that they know who killed him.
Since his death, attempts at a biopic on his life have been discussed publicly many times.
In January, Michael Starrbury, who penned the screenplay for George Tillman Jr’s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete was hired by Morgan Creek to rewrite the script for their long-in-gestation Tupac biopic, but as of our last report, in September, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, were both listed as writers.
Too many cooks…
Let’s see if this new development has legs.