‘Tupac’ Biopic Lands a New Screenwriter

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It’s been a long while since we’ve received an update on the in-development Tupac Shakur biopic. Last year, the project issued an open casting call to find an actor capable of invoking the essence of the iconic rapper, but we’ve seen little movement since then.

The film – titled simply Tupac – had already snagged Academy Award-nominated duo Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson to write the script. The writing team had previously tackled biopic material with Michael Mann’s Ali, which earned Will Smith his first Oscar nod for his portrayal of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

According to Deadline, Michael Starrbury has now been brought on to rewrite the script. Starrbury’s most recent credit is the indie film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. That film premieres later this month at the Sundance Film Festival and follows two small boys forced to survive the streets alone.

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Starrbury’s experience is comprised largely of a TV movie and a pair of shorts, making him an unlikely candidate to pen the life story of one of music history’s most influential hip hop artists. However, the growing interest in Mister and Pete – along with the urban setting of that film – certainly bodes well for his prospects with Tupac.

The decision to bring him on to rewrite the film is almost definitely an attempt by the filmmakers to ensure that Tupac retains an indie sensibility. Everything about the production – from its open casting call to its hiring of Starrbury – demonstrates that the intention here is to make the film as autenthic as possible. Only time will tell if this goal is achieved, but the simple fact that this appears to be the goal is encouraging.

Starrbury is currently adapting graphic novel The Great Unknown for New Line. There’s no indication yet on when he would begin writing Tupac or when the film might be released. Antoine Fuqua is (as far as we know) still set to direct the film, which counts Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur among its producers.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for additional details on Tupac as this story develops.


Source: Deadline

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  1. I’d definitely like to see this. I’ve seen all the 2Pac documentaries which give a good background into his life, but it would be cool to see it played out on screen. I just hope they do him justice, since not all the documentaries did (some seemed to just want to cash in on his name after he died).

    The film about Chris Wallace (Notorious) was well done, so if it’s at least as good as that then I’ll be happy.

    • I also want Justice on his Death but I personally and for thousands out their believe that he was killed by the government. Tupac`s death remains a conspiracy.

      • The documentary “Tupac Assassination: Conspiracy or Revenge” has the most believable theory (with lots of testimony to back it up) that I’ve seen yet.

  2. This has been long overdue. Hopefully someone will get on a roll with this. Tupac remains an iconic figure in the world of hip hop and for that matter the music industry. His death is still one of the most mysterious unsolved cases ever and came pretty much at the height of his career. No telling how gigantic he would have become had he not been taken away from us so soon.

    Say what you want about pac and hip hop but Tupac was hip hop and the industry hasn’t been the same since his death.

  3. YES!!!! Tupac Greatest Rapper EVER!!!!!! :)

  4. it almost seems as if pacs image should be left alone for awhile..one of my favs and if done it has to be a one shot one kill deal.cannot messup!

  5. Tupac was one of a kind, I can’t imagine an actor around right now that would do him justice!

    Tupac was a great actor himself, check out Gridlockd, Juice and Poetic Justice

    • I dont know Anthony Mackie did a good job portraying him in Notorious.

      • Did he? I’ve still not seen it, will have to check it out

      • His portrayal as Tupac was ok, it almost seemed like he tried to hard to be him

  6. Awesome

  7. Authenticity is key especially for a film of this nature. For the past 2 years I’ve been hearing numerous up-and-down updates about the Tupac biopic whether it was close to getting the green light on production or getting put on the shelf. Already there has been two well known directors signed on to direct, Antonie Fugua and John Singleton (Singleton has worked with Tupac in Poetic Justice) and both subsequently dropped out due to the fact that “they can’t find their Pac”. I don’t blame them, Tupac was a one of a kind genius who had a whole lot of heart and passion for the things he did and the things he destined to set out to accomplish. In order to master such a biopic such as this THEY NEED TO FIND THE RIGHT ACTOR! Someone who will bring the life back into Tupac on the big screen, if they don’t, no matter how authentic and rich the script is, the film will still fail all due to the choice of the actor. They are risking a whole lot but in the end, only time will tell what goes on next in development.