Tupac Biopic Gains Financing; Eying Early 2014 Production Start

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Tupac in Juice Tupac Biopic Gains Financing; Eying Early 2014 Production Start

It has nearly been twenty years(!) since the death of rapper/actor/poet/artist/icon Tupac Shakur, which is why it seems so shocking that no one in Hollywood has successfully exploited adapted the late star’s life story into a major motion picture. Tupac’s contemporary The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down a year after Shakur – and yet his life has already been immortalized in the 2009 film, NotoriousSo what’s the hold up with ‘Pac’s story?

Well, after many years of starts, stops, estate battles and the like, it is now official: The Tupac biopic is indeed moving ahead, With Morgan Creek Productions financially backing Emet/Furla/Oasis Films (2 GunsEscape Plan) in order to bring the project to fruition.

Deadline dropped the initial news, which was then quickly corroborated by an official press release from Morgan Creek. Last we heard, untested screenwriter Michael Starrbury was brought in to re-work a script by Oscar-nominated duo Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson; however, reports now state that the film is being scripted by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft (Street Kings 2), and a draft is expected to be completed by mid-October.

Tupac in Above the Rim Tupac Biopic Gains Financing; Eying Early 2014 Production Start

Tupac in ‘Above the Rim’

Production is being slated for a February 2014 start date; the filmmakers have access to Tupac’s music catalog and the late star’s mother, Afeni Shakur, will produce the film, much the same way that Voletta Wallace (mother of B.I.G.) produced Notorious. Fitting eulogies, if ever there were any. The production budget for the Tupac movie will be set at $45 million – which is pretty solid, given the current state of the movie business. Clearly this film will have a built-in audience it attracts; but with no word yet on a director, the question of creating a Tupac film that has mainstream appeal is still a lingering challenge.

…And then there’s the bigger challenge (no pun) (no double pun!) of casting the film. Tupac remains as difficult as ever to cast (established star? Relative unknown?); actor Michael B. Jordan had breakouts with Chronicle and Fruitvale Station and has since become that one young black actor du jour that everyone nominates for applicable leading role (or, you know, as a black Johnny Storm in a Fantastic Four reboot) – which is probably why Deadline writer Mike Fleming Jr. can “see a guy” like him in the part. Of course, there are plenty of other young black male actors – discovered or not – that could handle the part, so we’ll see what shakes out.

Death Row Gang Tupac Biopic Gains Financing; Eying Early 2014 Production Start

The Death Row Records Crew

Meanwhile, there are plenty of other famous celebrities and icons who were involved with Tupac’s life, who would also need to be cast for the film. Assuming the movie covers something of ‘Pac’s parents’ time as members of the Black Panther Movement, those roles would need to be cast; as a teen Tupac attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he met future lifelong friend Jada Pinkett, so someone would need to play a version of her; then there is the long list of musical artists ‘Pac rubbed elbows with, including Digital  Underground (“The Humpty Dance”), Notorious B.I.G., and fellow Death Row Records label mates and associates like Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre – all of whom will be controversial in terms of “proper” casting.

Who do YOU want to see play Tupac – an unknown or a familiar face? Let us know in the comments.


The Tupac biopic will start shooting in early 2014. We’ll keep you updated on release date info.

Sources: MCP & Deadline

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  1. When this film is done there is none other to play Snoop than lawrence Johnson, nj doubleg!

  2. O This Larry man has to play Snoop Dog, HANDS DOWN!!!

  3. If u can’t get the original D O double G…U need to make it Larwence Johnson..
    Jerseys up and coming. ..1Luv

  4. I think that Richard Garcia should be the next tupac. He’s amazing

  5. My Name is Cameron Longmire. I would like to at least audition for the part. I strongly believe I have what it takes. I have never acted in a movie, but I’ve done plays as well as have aspirations to become an actor. I would really love a chance even if it’s only just to talk to someone that has anything to do with it, just hear my voice. Please look me up on IG: TurnUpGenius Facebook: Scrilla Tmf Shoota. Biggest Tupac fan and I’m just askin’ for a chance. Thanks.

  6. I think Will Smith would be a good choice for the mainstream

  7. I would like to see DONFERQUAN bka QUAN who made the song with NAS, he’s a rapper, singer & tru OG who could pull off acting as tupac or cast member… check out his instagram @ donferquan, he’s the truth..

  8. DONFERQUAN! DONFERQUAN! DONFERQUAN! Check his instagram @donferquan

  9. I want this role. People call me his twin, bit somehow i cant find the script

  10. Isn’t it strange that the movie comes out 2014 ? Some people expect 2Pac to come back 2014…


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  13. I really think that this guy name Rashawn Thompson should play the role of Tupac. He’s on YouTube. Just put in the search bar: Rashawn Thompson Tupac and you will see there are two videos of him. I don’t know him but I saw his videos and I think he would be great!He has that look in his eye like Pac had. RASHAWN THOMPSON!

  14. I kant wait to wach dat joint fareal but yall need sumbody that got a lil talent from the hood ckuz actor would only have the actin part down not the real street mentality that its gone need.

  15. I would want an unknown cast member it’s hard to put a well known face as another well known face- there’s this guy on Instagram name TShakur2012 he’s an unknown actor going for the part and he looks identical to PAC he even sounds like him. All he needs is to buff up and he’ll be perfect!!

    • OMG YOU ARE SO RIGHT!! my friend Ausar Moore needs to play it. REALLY. A known face won’t work

  16. DAMARIO BROWN @DAMARIOBROWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Freddie Gibbs Aka Gangsta Gibbs needs to play pac he a famous rapper and he live in Cali he from the east kiks it in Atl he be in the hood like pac was real s*** gangsta gibbs !

  18. Ausar Tesfa Moore is a young African American actor who LOOKS and SOUNDS like Tupac. He’s also a rapper, and he’s been inspired by Tupac from a young boy. I SO PROMISE YOU HE IS THE PERFECT PERSON TO PLAY!! LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA! I wish I could just put him directly in front of the casting directors. They’d literally want to kiss me for bringing this guy to them. It’s so frustrating that it’s so difficult to get him casted for this…who do I need to speak with??

  19. What about Mac Dre’s death in Vallejo, California?