He tried to see the changes amongst races faces, he wore a vest for protection and live like an outlaw no matter if you thought he was right or wrong. Tupac Shakur was a larger than life figure when he was alive and his untimely death in 1996 didn’t dampen that iconic persona of his which still lives on today. Coming up on the twentieth anniversary of his murder, a biopic based around the life and times of Tupac is moving forward and looks to be the first since his death to actually get into the casting phase of production.
Emmett/Furla Films is teaming with Morgan Creek Productions to co-finance and co-produceTupac, creating a new urgency for the long-gestating biopic on the hip hop icon Tupac Shakur. They are working with a script by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft and a new draft is expected in two weeks.
A biopic based on Tupac has been attempted numerous times in the past but no one has been able to stay behind the picture long enough to make it happen. If the script from Gonzalez and Haft passes the eyeball test from executives, filming is expected to begin this upcoming February.
This of course means casting the role of the iconic rapper will be the next big hurdle for the film as getting the right person is crucial to ensuring the biopic doesn’t get pushed off the side with other mediocre films like Notorious and Get Rich or Die Trying.
As Deadline points out, Michael B. Jordan could be perfect for the role, but the film is still in the writing process and casting is still a month or two away. For perspective, the new Star Wars Episode VII is a much larger movie which is beginning production in January and have yet to cast anyone in the film. So don’t expect Tupac to have any casting news for a little while.
Still, it finally seems a Tupac film is moving forward and it’s long overdue.