So much interest in Tupac Shakur as the subject of, or inspiration for film and stage projects.
There’s the John Singleton/Morgan Creek-backed biopic, that Singleton has closed a deal to re-write, direct and produce, which, last we reported, will center on the last day of Tupac’s life, with flashback sequences included that will show the previous years leading up to his death.
No casting has been announced yet, even though, as of February this year, it was reported that a June shoot date was in Morgan Creek’s sights. Production likely hasn’t begun yet, unless it’s being done in secrecy.
And then there’s the Tupac Shakur-inspired stage musical titled “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” which just is currently in previews, and will officially open on Broadway later this month, under Kenny Leon’s direction.
Saul Williams stars.
And, as I learned today, a third Tupac project – this one also a feature film – is in development, titled “The Rise And Fall Of Makavelli The Don,” written by Shakur’s cousin, William Lesane, which he plans to produce.
According to Deadline, Lesane says that he’s sitting on “a commitment of $15 million” from a Giovanni De Francisci of the Petschek Trust, and Monegasque Movie Productions, to finance the project, with principal photography set for New Mexico. But no specific start date is given.
“The time has come to tell the real Tupac Shakur story, the movie his fans really want to see. Any movie that is produced about Tupac has to tell a truly great story with a bold statement attached. Our movie does that in spades…I lived this story with my cousin and paid tremendously for it,” said Lesane.
No other information is public at this time.
Unfamiliar with Lesane, I googled him to find the below 2-part 2013 interview he gave to Greg Kading, author of “Murder Rap,” in which they discuss the investigation into Tupac’s death.