Another Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. story is headed to the screen. USA Networks announced a pilot pickup for “Unsolved,” a scripted true crime series that chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of the iconic rappers.
The drama is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and wrote the book “Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.” Kading will be consulting on the pilot script, written by Kyle Long (“Suits”).
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” director Anthony Hemingway is set to direct and executive produce, along with Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company, Kading and Long.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Tupac Shakur was also fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996. Both murders remain officially unsolved, with many theorizing that the deaths were linked because of their involvement in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry.
A biopic about Biggies’ life, “Notorious,” was released in 2009 starring Jamal Woolard. The actor is reprising his role of the “Mo Money Mo Problems” rapper in the upcoming Tupac film “All Eyez on Me.” The movie stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur and will be released in theaters in 2017.