Director Antoine Fuqua has revealed that the next film he is directing will be a biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur who was killed in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting back in 1996.
We knew we would eventually see a biopic made of Tupac's life and I think Fuqua is the right director for the job. He directed some pretty great films that include Training Day, Tears of the Sun, and Brooklyn's Finest. He was most recently attached to a film called The Tomb which is a prison-escape drama that would reunite him with Bruce Willis. Apparently this is just in the conversation stages, and he's not fully attached to it yet. This Tupac biopic is a done deal though, and this will for sure be his next movie. Here's what Fuqua told Digital Spy recently,
It looks like we're doing Tupac Shakur's movie next in September, that's what I've been starting up and working on now. I've been working on that for a while with Morgan Creek and Jim Robinson. I just got the greenlight from him and we're going in September. I've just started to prep that.
As for who he will cast in the role, Fuqua is looking to discover new talent, which I think is the best way to go for any film. he say's he wants to...
...discover someone new. I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I'm going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.
That's pretty cool that he's willing to go out there and do that. Tupac lead a very hard and interesting life, for the short amount of time he had in this world he made quiet an influence. He released five albums in his short career, three of them reached number one in the music charts, and his 1996 album All Eyez On Me remains one of the best selling hip hop records of all time. There is also a lot of controversy surrounding his life and death and it should be interesting to see how it is all portrayed in this new film that is being developed.
What do you think about Fuqua taking on the Tupac biopic?