Since Gravy decided to be Notorious, we’ve all expected a biopic on Tupac Shakur to come after; it’s the nature of the business. Well, Deadline has reported that a film based on the life and times of the slain rapper will, in fact, begin filming next year:
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is teaming with Morgan Creek Productions to co-finance and co-produce Tupac, 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. Several companies battled for the rights to partner on the film with Jim Robinson’s Morgan Creek before MCP president David Robinson sealed the deal with EFO. They are eyeing a February start date and a $45 million budget. They have the rights to exploit Tupac’s musical catalog, and his mother, Afeni Shakur, will be a producer on the film.
This is on top of the Broadway musical (*stare of 1,000 blanks*) that’s also supposed to be in the early stages of production as well. All I want to know is, will both the Broadway and big-screen version include “Hit ‘Em Up” in their repertoire? I’d certainly
pay bootleg a copy to watch that.