Tupac Shakur Biopic Adds Oscar Nominated Writing Team

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 20th, 2013 at 6:44 am,

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It’s been over seven years since Tupac Shakur graced the silver screen in the Lauren Lazin directed documentary, Tupac Resurrection, narrated by the rap artist himself – using audio pieced together from interviews prior to his death.

Now, we’re getting word that Academy Award-nominated screenwriting team of Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali) have been hired to write a new script for Antoine Fuqua’s long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic.

Vulture reports that Fuqua, who tackled the gritty Los Angeles streets in his excellent first film, Training Day, could begin filming by mid-November, assuming that Rivele and Wilkinson turn in their script on time.

According to Wilkinson, the script will not be a biopic in the traditional sense, but will instead “center on the last day of Tupac’s life, flashing back to show the final four years leading up to it.”

Rivele added that, from his point of view, Shakur was a “19th century Romantic poet who found himself in the 21st century.”

“This is the story of an artist whose character is at odds with his medium. He was a really sensitive, very romantic, talented young poet who also could sing, dance, and act. But the realities [of the hip-hop record business] were that he had to create this persona of the gangster.”

I’m not entirely sure I agree with that assessment, but I appreciate Rivele’s take on Shakur. Without a doubt, Tupac was one of the most talented rap artists in music history and his murder, as well as that of fellow rapper Notorious B.I.G., has continued to be one of the most widely discussed events in popular culture over the last 14 years.

Interestingly, Rivele and Wilkinson’s script won’t delve into who killed Tupac or the many conspiracy theories surrounding the rapper’s death (some people actually believe the government was involved in the murder for some reason – while others believe the rapper is still alive). Instead, the film will focus on why the writing team believes Tupac was murdered.

Again, the answer is somewhat esoteric.

According to Rivele, Tupac was murdered because he was trying to move beyond the “Thug Life” label that catapulted his career.

“[Tupac] was just beginning to shed that anger and look for a purer voice…He was in the process of changing himself, and entering a new phase of his life — essentially a Romantic vision — and had set up a new label, and a new production company to create it. He saw the contradiction between the musical persona of ‘Thug Life,’ and his essential nature as a gentle, sensitive person. And that was partly responsible for his murder: He was not a gangster, but the people around him were. They saw he was going to leave, that they were going to lose him, and so I think they decided to kill him.”

Obviously, you can take that interpretation with a grain of salt, but it certainly will make for a more interesting movie – more interesting than the usual by-the-books biopic.

With Antoine Fuqua behind the director’s chair, and a subject as interesting as Tupac, I expect a fairly decent movie. Now the question is who will play the famous rapper? The Vulture report says Fuqua is looking for an unknown actor to take on the role. Certainly a risk – but probably the right choice.

We’ll have more on that casting decision when it is finally announced.

Source: Vulture

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  1. I don’t remember the track name but track ten disc 1 of all eyes on me is my fav.

    • I was actually discussing hip hop with some friends.And they all had some difficulties fitting in,b/c their parents didnt want them to be segregated.They attended a multi-racial school to see the beauty of the world and to see that people are only different in terms of color.When they got to the school,they found out that there was a tone of african american,irish american,and hispanic american kids in attendance their,with few italians.All the kids listened to the same music.Hip-hop,jazz and alternative rock. Thats why I got so upset when I heard the ignorance of people talking down about tupac and his “appearance” when they arent even trying to understand.It was amazing to hear about them reading tupac’s poetry and hearing how upset they were when he was killed.The man was far from perfect,and if you dont like him thats your opinion and I respect that(not you but the people who dont).My thing is respect the fact that he is an icon and legend in music and in hip-hop culture.Just like Im not a fan of Brooks and Dunn,and I dont like country.But I respect they are Icons and are considered living legends.

      • damn it I have way too many typos.Sorry.lol

  2. I’m with ya, the truth. I’m a huge hip hop fan, especially bay area artist. I hate when people generalize the music. Im not a huge tupac fan but i respect his talents for sure.

    • Generalization based upon cliches and lack of research depth in thought is a massive form of ignorance.We know that thanks to mockeries of the genre like Malibu’s Most Wanted as well as the media’s bashing of the content is an easy way to pass on judgement without actual knowledge.Now dont get me wrong,there is alot of Rap I dont like.I personally hate Cash Money and alot of this Young Money junk they are putting out now.But I love the song Moment of Truth by Gang Starr.That entire album is a masterpiece of lyricalism.Theres a difference between an MC and a rapper.A rapper is someone who is an industry money maker with a corporate appearance(Souja Boi,Vanilla Ice),while an MC is someone whose lyrics are very creative and thought provoking,as well as heart felt no matter the topic(Nas,KRS One,Guru,Common).

      Now Tupac is a very complex individual b/c he was a masterful MC and poet,who dressed as corporate “rapper” for the sake of attention,all while having his intelligence known.The genius is the man was socially aware of the issues in the poverty stricken communities,the country’s political system of inequality and the hypocrisy of alot of what he was doing.Thats why I find him so interesting b/c beyond the swearing,Thug Life tattoos and “gangsta” appearance,he was a brilliant young man.Hip hop is a very profound music genre with the exception of commercial garbage that is systematically being played on the radio today.

      • Most of the good stuff will never see the light of day on radio. Immortal technique, blackalicious, atmosphere to name a few.

  3. @kofi, below is a copy/paste of my first comment on this thread,,, I would like you to explain to me how its racist?
    ((((“You know joking aside this clown doesn’t deserve a biopic. He deserves nothing.
    What a great message to lower income black youths. Hey take on that ganger image, it might pay off for you.
    Lol the guys dead, yeah go for the dream. Morons.”))))

    I mention he was a clown, he deserves nothing, he’s a bad influence on todays black youth, and I’m glad he’s gone…

    *all my opinion, if a black person made those comments would he be a racist?*

    Explain yourself Kofi, because YOU are the ONE throwing around the racism here. You might consider my comments hateful, ignorant but racist???

    Btw, its nice to know you harbor such venom for readers that don’t share your opinion.

    • Because you’re saying lower income black youths are the only ones who are gonna see this and do gangster s@#t. You could of said youth in general. White youths could see the so called message as well. That’s why it sounds racist. Cause your target was black youth specificly.

  4. Sully you avoided my question,,,

    If a black person made those comments would they be a racist? Or a person who’s against rap?

    Sure my other comments were inflamitory, hateful, possibly ignorant, but racist??? No I don’t see it that way.

    • Well first off 790. I never called you a racist. You said how is this comment racist and i explained how i felt it could be taken that way. If a black person said that i would think that they also need to look at a broader spectrum of youth as well. Rap and hip hop has crossed the racial barrier years ago. Areosmith and run d.m.c. ring a bell? Anthrax and pu lic enemy? Rage? Chili peppers? All in all i don’t care what a persons skin color is. Making a generalized statement like that coming from anybody can come across as racist.

    • A person who continuously makes statements like that might just be suspect. I had a friend from Utah, he would always ask me the most ignorant questions about black people. Like “Why do you guys always listen to that rap music?” as if that’s what we all listen to or “Why are black people so lazy?” as if none of us work. “Why don’t black people be more like Martin Luther King?” What? My point? Black people are not as much of a monolith as you would think, you show your ignorance by referencing B.E.T buffon entertainment. There are many blacks who despise that channel and the stereotypes it perpetuates. Look up the phrase “Boycott B.E.T” and you’ll find plenty of material, all black people. I don’t think your comment was racist by the way, I just think you’re ignorant. I don’t care for Tupac all that much, he was just musician, nothing more, I’ll take a Hendrix biopic any day, but his influence on youth and Hip Hop in general cannot be denied.

  5. Yeah sorry Sully. My last comments were directed at Kofi and Truth. They called me a racist, and seemed pretty upset about it??
    Let me wrap up my feeling on this entire thread and then I will go away and leave you alone to get the last word, etc.
    Racism is a pretty strong word. One that I would probably never throw out at somebody on a blogsite. Unfortunitly I live in a world where minorites always feel persecuted by certain words, certain descriptions. Even if they’re not spoken in a hateful way, some minorites still expolit certain words…
    Using political correctness/racsim, as a way to slander those who may have other opinions, other ideas, other ways to describe thought, defeats the purpose of freespeech. What’s great about the web is there is no color or race. Its just voices. But I digress,,,

    The mere outrage over someone dissing your role model can incit cheers of he’s a racist, he’s a witch!!!
    For example if I say that Mexico is a dump on a Machete post, I’ll be called a racist against mexicans. Yet if I said China is a dump on a Red Dawn post, people would laugh it off, probably agree.

    So what we have with this thread is a great example of how the tern racist can and is still today, being thrown around to defend ones agenda or role model…

    Take care of that rage. Seriously,,,

    • @720

      First and foremost you keep using the term “role model”.I keep saying (see my other posts) that role models are an excuse to put responsibility on some one else,if their kids are acting up.I called you racist b/c you said “I work for BET sometimes and the NAACP.” You also stated that “its primal,sample lifting music that comes from low end communities to talk about injustice.” Now you say you’re a 40 year old man who just doesnt like rap music.I respect that,my mom and dad werent fans of it,neither is my fiancee.My problem is that you and Anthony were saying things in the context of “why dont you use ebonics on him,maybe they will understand it then.” Its very racist in context and offensive,Like I said before,I dont mind if someone doesnt like hip-hop or Tupac,its your opinion and feelings.You have a right to what you think.But you basically insult the genre of music,on a thread that is meant to discuss the news of a film based on him,you basically set yourself up.

      Like I said,I dont care if you dont like Hip hop or Tupac.Like @a1d2h said,he’s not a fan and he’d rather see a Hendrix biopic.Im not angry at him,thats his feeling.But you basically said “yo yo word-up” as some sort of ridicule of the slang blacks use.You came off as racist with your ignorant comments on this topic.Simply put,respect peoples cultures and their passions.Respect another mans status and importance,regardless of your feelings.I dont throw the term racist around,but you came off as very insulting on multiple levels.

    • @720

      And the problem is you could have avoided all this sill online drama had you not even been so insulting on a topic that you dont really care for to begin with.

  6. I was never a fan of Tupac..not saying he wasn’t intelligent or made the best of a bad situation..most rap and hip-hop music is just not my cup of tea.. now before everyone gets all Wesley Snipes in White Men Can’t Jump on me with white people don’t get it I will admit to a certain extent I don’t get but it doesn’t mean there isn’t some rap/hip-hop I do like but it’s nothing that’s less than 15-20 years old Run DMC, LL Cool J, Young MC, Heavy D,Biz Markie, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to name a few..I am a much bigger fan of the genres that spawned rap/hip-hop(and yes I know the difference between the two even if I use the terms interchangably here..Give me soul, funk, blues, scat, reggae and so on with the likes of TRUE legends like BB King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Robert Johnson, Marvin Gaye, The Maracles with Smokey, Temptations, Four Tops, Sly & the Family Stone, Parliment, Kool & the Gang(from the late 60′s and 70′s), O’Jays, Spinners, STEVIE WONDER(my top three in any genre), Ella Fitzgerald, |Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix (my top 5 all-time and my 7 year old loves him and gets him so eat that Snipes ;) ), Lena Horne, The Supremes, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Peter Tosh, James Brown, Charles Brown, Nat “King” Cole, Duke Ellington and I could go on and on..these are but a few of the artists I have in my CD collection of over 2000..I also love disco, rock, some pop (not after 1995), classical and I love Rush, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, INXS, John Hiatt, John Mellencamp, Springsteen, Paul Simon, The Who(one of THE MOST underrated bands ever), the Beatles, Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Jack Johnson,Stereophonics, Kings of Leon, Weezer, Buddy Holly, Steely Dan, Red Rider, Guess Who, Bryan Adams, Ryan Adams, Bee Gees, Commodores, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison (yes I know I said the Beatles but their solo material is just as great if not better then early Beatles stuff), Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Collective Soul, Elton John, Billy Joel,ABBA, Al Green, Bill Withers, Brothers Johnson(Strawberry Letter 23 is an awesome tune and it’s produced by THE LEGEND Quincy Jones),The Band, The Beach Boys, Robert Zimmerman, U2, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristoferson, Alabama, George Strait, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Travelling Wilburies, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, ELO, oy Orbison, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Chopin and I literally could go on for days..Great music is just that GREAT MUSIC..it is also a very subjective issue..what I see as great may not be seen as such by many others..now because I dislike most hip hop music and culture does not make me a racist and it certainly does not mean I haven’t taken the time to try and listen to it and understand where they are coming from. I am of Aboriginal and Irish decent and grew up in poverty so I do get racism and class difference so please refrain from playing that card and if you do I’ll gladly hand you a match so you can light it up and stick it..I am willing to give anything a chance but as I said above it is not for me.

    Some of you need to let it go and stop acting like they killed a family member and I fall into that group at times right Daniel.. ;)


  7. This idiot trying to make it seem that Suge Knight killed Pac Oh my God I’m so sick of that theory it’s ridiculous yea shoot my car up with me and Tupac in it. Yea an awesome plan Get the F.ck outta here. The movie gonna suck if they going that route.

  8. I realize i’m a little late to the party and this comment thread has pretty much run it’s course but I have to say I find it rather funny that this article caused such an uproar. I read a LOT of comments about somebody not liking a particular actor or director. Going so far as to call that person some really bad names. I’ve even read some comments about certain people in Hollywood being better off dead. Not once in those discussions did any of those comments cause this much backlash. Not a huge Tupac fan here. My solution to that??? I don’t listen to his music. Nuff said. LOL

  9. I want this