It’s been over two decades since his untimely passing, but the spirit of Tupac Shakur is still as present as ever.
Last month, the late rapper became the first solo rap artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In June, the All Eyez On Me biopic hits theaters. And now, we’ve got news that an authorized documentary is in the works!
Announced earlier today by Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the yet-to-be-titled film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director, Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and produced by Jayson jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week) and Nicholas Ferrall.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” McQueen says. “I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”
McQueen and company will be working alongside Pac’s aunt Gloria Cox (Afeni Shakur’s only sister), who vows to make sure things are on the right path.
“I am happy to see this project come to life. This was something that my nephew (Tupac) was very passionate about creating in 1996, and my sister since before her passing this last May. It has been a long journey to get here.”
“I feel like we have a team Afeni would be very pleased with,” she continues. “It has never been our intention to rewrite the story of Tupac. Our goal has always been to tell the true story, which has never been done before in such a complete way. My sister always said to me, ‘We are not in the business of defending Tupac. Our job is to allow him to be seen in the most complete way, so his actions, his choices, and his words will allow him to speak for himself.’ I believe this film will do exactly that.”
Sounds good to us.