It’s official: Production for a movie about Tupac Shakur’s life is slated to begin in a few months!
It’s been a long time coming, but Tupac fans will finally get the film they’ve been waiting years for. Morgan Creek Productions announced yesterday that it’s picked up Tupac, and "principal photography is scheduled to begin in late spring/early summer on the biopic."
Tupac is currently being cast, so there’s no word on who might take on this monumental role just yet. The film will chronicle the West Coast rapper’s rise to fame, his time in prison and his career at Death Row Records, where he played a major role in the East Coast/West Coast beef. However, the movie will also take a look at Tupac as an activist, giving a more complete view of the rapper’s life and legacy.
Naturally, Tupac will be shot on-location in Los Angeles, but filming is also scheduled in New York, Los Angeles and Georgia. The biopic will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who headed up production for Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest.
Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, who will serve as an executive producer on Tupac, is glad to see the project being handled by Morgan Creek. She said, “I am confident that Morgan Creek will stay true to the common goal we share of depicting Tupac’s life in a way that will allow the world to see the authenticity of his artistry, his hopes and his life goals."
Producer LT Hutton knows that although Tupac’s story is a wonderful one to tell, it is an honor not to be taken lightly. "I am thankful to Afeni Shakur for giving this project her blessing and to Morgan Creek for giving it the green light," LT said in statement.
The announcement from Morgan Creek finally sets a timeline on production for the project, which Hollywood and the hip-hop community has been buzzing about since last summer.
— Sonya Eskridge