Tupac Biopic to Start Shooting this Spring

11 Feb

Brian “Pac” Sostak

There are a few musical artists/acts that not only transcend their genre but transcend music completely and become larger than life figures, folk legends if you will.  While much of today’s generation has never listened to an Elvis song in its entirety, everyone can identify his famed impersonators by their quaffed hair, trembling lip, and white jumpsuit.  My generation’s Elvis is Tupac Shakur.  Though Tupac was a well-respected rapper and rising film star during his life, it wasn’t until he was tragically murdered that his popularity ascended to the iconic status he is known for today.  Because of this, perception regarding his persona and accomplishments are shaped through the eccentricities and transgressions that were sensationalized in the media both before and after his death.

As we move forward in American music and film history, perhaps another source may help to shape the folk legend that has become Tupac.  Later this spring/summer Morgan Creek Productions is scheduled to begin production on a biopic of the late rapper, directed by Antoine Fuqua (source).  Best known for directing the film that helped Denzel Washington receive his long overdue Oscar (Training Day), Fuqua’s aptly titled Tupac will chronicle the last few days of rapper’s life while he reflects on his past.  The film has the support of Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur-Davis, as she has the rights to his licensed property, and she has expressed her confidence in Morgan Creek and Fuqua:

“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.“

Despite the fact 2012 is already shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated film years in recent memory, Fuqua’s Tupac has quickly jumped to the top of my list.  Training Day is among my favorite movies and the origin behind my nickname stems from my admiration of a certain rap icon.  Just as those alive in the sixties can vividly express to you where they were and what they were doing when Kennedy was assassinated, I can vividly remember the day I came home from school (I was 11) and found out Tupac died.  Though no two-hour film will be able to fully capture both the character and the events that shaped him, I am excited to see the Fuqua take on this project and am fully confident he will deliver an excellent product. 

No actor has yet to be cast as Tupac Shakur, but Fuqua has expressed that he wants the role to go to a relative unknown.  The film is scheduled to film over the summer so I will surely bring news of that casting in the very near future.

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4 Responses to “Tupac Biopic to Start Shooting this Spring”

  1. Aaron Sethh April 14, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Yup… cant wait…youtube/Aaron Sethh…check me out!

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