Tupac Shakur Biopic Adds Oscar Nominated Writing Team

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

tupac Tupac Shakur Biopic Adds Oscar Nominated Writing Team

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. a1d2h, like Daniel pointed out its too bad they would focus on someone like Tupac when there’s other black role models out there.

    I agree with that.

    • Because an over hyped dead rapper will put butts in seats, I’d love for someone to make a movie about the magnificent W.E.B Dubois, but most people don’t even know who he was, and that’s a darn shame.

  2. @Truth, I work for BET, sometimes. Even the NAACP,,, rappers do talk that way.
    I must here the phrase “you know what I’m saying?” 5900 times a day when I’m dealing with rappers. “Word”, is also very popular.

    Please don’t assume you know why I base my opinions on rap music. And ya know what, bro. If rappers want to get my respect they can start by using a real name not some term like 50 cent or Ice Cube.

    Rappers, they act like children and get violent when people don’t pay attention to them.

      • Dude, don’t waste your time replying to him. All he does is insult those who disagree with him or what he doesn’t like. Then, he’ll begin making conspiracy theories that make as much sense as the “plot” of Transformers 2.

  3. Sorry if I’m ruining your day @truth, I’m sure you rather be listening to rap music in your car, extra loud so we can all hear how great it is,,,
    Talk about racists.
    I remember a BET show about a year ago. One of the current rappers was on stage during rehersal and on (open mic) told the house engineer that “this am the BET Awards and we don’t need no white guy mixing the music”.

    It was like the sound of a vacuum in the Shrine, then everyone on the crew walked off the stage led by the engineer who had also cut off his mic.

    The best part was watching the rapper about a hour later apologise to the entire crew. Lol good times.

    The only thing I find more amusing is when Mexicans call me racist for expecting my country to follow the law.

  4. “That’s the sound of the police, whoop whoop.
    That’s the sound of the police, whoop whoop”

    I love that rap tune. 😎

  5. Alright guys, there is lots of hip hop acts in the world that don’t promote all the stuff you are all arguing over. If you would like to hear some I will gladly name a dozen artist just off the top of my head. There is a lot of positive rap and hip hop out there. Everybody really needs to just chill out.

  6. Sully it could be Christian rap and I would still hate it.
    (Rap Music), in general is a heavy low bass thumping, sample lifting, angst ridden, corus repeating mess of rhymes. Its the most basic primal form of music born out of the poor neighborhoods to express there feelings of injustice…

    I’m sorry, but that’s not for me.

    • Hey man to each his own. I’m not trying to sway ya. I’m just saying there is hip hop out there that doesn’t have all those elements you just spoke of is all. Non of wich you will ever hear on the radio or MTV. There actually is a genre called positive hip hop. And I’m talking hip hop not gangsta rap. Big difference.

      • *beyond offended

  7. @lastdrag0n89, who are you talking to?

    I know its a lot to ask, but it takes 2 seconds to type in a name.

  8. Thankfully sully I’m over 40 years old and have a huge music library.
    I don’t listen to the radio (LA has the worst AOR stations in the free world), watch Mtv. Vh1 or American Idol when I’m seeking some new music. if I want to hear some new music I’ll pick up a old Zappa album I’ve never heard or the new Stan Ridgway cd for example. Or the Porcupine Tree that @Magnetic Eye wants me to check out.

    I enjoy a lot of Stevie Wonders music, I dig the sould music that was born out of the 70’s like WAR and Earth Wind & Fire. But I don’t like the bass thumping droll of rap lyrics that mainly just rhyme together. There’s no music there. Its just noise to me.

  9. I’m being called a racist because I don’t like Tupac,and can’t relate to rap music,,,

    Lol,,, what’s your definition of the term racist @truth? I’d love to read it.
    Maybe you can’t handle the truth, truth,,, 😎

    • LOL

  10. @790
    Just in case you couldn’t tell. Now I have to point out the obvious

  11. Hey Anthony have you ever been called a homophobe because you didn’t like The Pet Shop Boys?

    No? Hey call rap music , garbage, express an opinion on Tupac and watch out, your a racist.
    Why not just put up a disclaimer at the top of your post kofi,,,,
    “You better be black if your gonna post any negative comments on this post”
    What a typical PC reaction…

      • legend? wow lol thats the first ive heard about him being labled as a legend, you come up with that yourself?

        • Music is subjective Anthony. Come on man there is no need to insult.

        • Nice grammar… “You come up with that yourself?”… It’s “You came up with that yourself”

          • awww someones panties are in a bunch :)

        • I can think of several of my friends, and others that call him a legend too.

  12. Anthony aren’t there any decent used record stores in SD?
    That’s the place to rediscover music.

    LA has a couple of really great cd/lp outlets.

    • and also Cows in Ocean Beach is a cool place too, i can be there all day, and have a few times, just talking music with the owner, or patrons

  13. @GetMoney, (yeah I bet you like rap). Oooohhhh,,, take a joke lately?

    I’m on this board because I’m being called a racist for having I guess you could call it white mans opinion on rap music. Good thing were not in the same room, I’m sure I’d have been killed by now. (Rap trully brings out the best in your culture)

    Hey do you like Britney Spears, no? Have you listened to her albums? Maybe your a racist?

  14. @GetMoney, is that all you got when you got nothing,,, you want to discuss grammar on a post concerning rap music.

    That’s hilarious. Rap music is a great platform to debate proper grammar.

    And btw, its, “Did you come up with that by yourself?

    • type it in ebonics for him 790, im sure he might understand it better

      • This is the racist stuff I’m talking about. Watch your mouth Anthony or you’ll be gone just as quick as 790 is. We’ve ALL had enough of you two here behind the scenes with this thread.

        • And in it kofi.

  15. Anthony, 790, what is in your record collection? Out of curiosity, not trying to start a war btw.

    • i covered that up there ^ scroll up sir

      • All you stated was where you buy records at, not what they consist of. Big difference.

        • umm no, scroll up, read it again, info is in there 20-21 comments up^

          • That was like three things dude. If that’s all the records you own you need to expand your horizions my friend.

            • theres a lot more, thanks for judging me on that, im not going into EVERYTHING i have for you guys. rap is not my thing really SORRY!!

              • I never said those were bad or jedged your musical taste Anthony. I own lots of Jazz, by wich there is so many sub genre of jazz such as acid jazz, lounge jazz, chicago jazz, new orleans jazz, and so on. I also own stevie wonder and patti albums too.

  16. There’s no rap music in my collection Sully. Mainly 60′ 70’s, 80’s, 90’s rock, soul and alternative music. Some industrial, some classical.

    • 790, we pretty much have the same music tastes…though i do have country stuff, not any of this new crap, just the old outlaw stuff, waylon, willie, kris, merle old schoolers like that

  17. That’s cool 790 like i said to each his own. But if you ever wanna hear what actual good hip hop, not rap, sounds like i have a whole slew of artist that you might like. A lot of them incorporate jazz and funk from original beats without the booming bass and samples you speak of. In fact the roots is a fully live hip hop act that uses piliadelphia style jazz.

  18. 790 and Anthony. Here’s some lyrics to one of my favorite hip hop acts. Find the gangsta in if you can. The proof is in the pudding.

    “If I May”
    (feat. Lateef)

    [Erinn Anova (Chorus)]

    Come along and reap
    I need my song
    We’re climbin’ over
    Beneath the sea
    March on
    Time is almost gone
    It’s all in me
    No maybe

    [Gift Of Gab]
    Here we go again
    Slip into my conscience, come along an take in
    A story bout a battle, in this corner, Satan
    Cunning, baffling, and jumping into half the drink
    And suddenly disasters and catastrophe
    And acting unrationally
    Reacting savagely
    To passionately
    Bask in everlasting like escapes from just what its creating
    Jeopardizin’ love
    Look at all the people that you took advantage of
    See your hypnotized
    Rom be gone, take another cup
    In consequences lurk
    While the reaper got your shirt size
    Nigga wack up
    Times overdue for the birth of a power that the universe grew from

    [Chorus 2X]

    [Gift Of Gab]
    You search for the answers outside
    Refocus causin’ time and time again, backslide
    You’ve noticed times before the presence of that “I”
    But never did submit to it and let it apply
    Whatever be his will in this present life time
    Or essence like mine
    Know the blessings you might find
    If you let your higher power inside
    Emerge and apply to every single thing in your balance
    You will truly find
    Who you really are
    Die and become reborn
    When God is present in your life than you can come reap on
    And ain’t a storm that you can’t weather
    You got a purpose you was born to create
    Destiny is waitin’ for you
    Arms open, take with ya
    Knowledge bestowed by the great giver
    Lakes, rivers
    Mountains and steams
    Now reality’s the dream wraitha
    No more searchin’ for truth that was always wit’ cha
    It had to hit ya through the struggle and the turmoil
    Ya soul was planted and it sprouted out above soil
    And let the sun shine freely down
    At times it looked like it wouldn’t
    But the plant came to flourish
    Now it’s standin’ on solid ground

    [Chorus 2X]


    Sun rises like water up in my eyes
    I’m watchin’ changing times but like a changing tide
    Tryna to keep my head above the ed if I could be

    [Lateef & Erinn Anova]

    The sun rises like water up in my eyes
    I’m watchin’ changing times but like a changing tide
    Tryna to keep my head up
    Above the ed if I could be
    If I may

    [Chorus 4X]

    • rap, gangsta, rap rock, is just not for me dude, sorry

      • This is hip hop dude. Big diff.

        • not to me lol

          • Well then live in ignorance my friend. I don’t really care. The lyrics prove themselves.

  19. “Nigga wack up” I love that line.

    Is it racist if I say that?

    • Not if you’re quoting it! But you see what I’m saying not all of it is gangsta lyrics. The beat has a 70’s soul feel to it too.

  20. Sully, besides the thug/prison element,,, rap music sounds ugly to me.
    That’s the best way to describe it. The same way that death metal sounds.

    “Rage Against the Machine” has all kinds of lyrics I can relate to, but not their music. Its garbage. It sounds like screaming in a wind tunnel.
    Rap music is the same for me, I can’t stand the sound of rap music. Its awful. I sometimes work around rappers, its awful. Their awful people.

    Just my deal,,,

  21. 790
    I get what you’re saying. Im just saying lyricly not everyone is like that. I love rage and i like some death metal, though im very picky in that genre. I also like hank williams and peter tosh. But my point is that you can’t judge every artist by their genre.

  22. Maybe so Sully, except when it comes to rap. 😎

  23. Lol! Alright 790, its cool man. I still think i proved it earlier 8-). I just wanna state for the record though, 311 is the greatest band ever! 😛

  24. I think we were seperated at birth Ant’s. Lol!!!

    Have you heard of Catherine Wheel, @Sully?

    Rush is my favorite group, followed by 500 other bands.

  25. Countrys good Ant’s.
    I think you would dig Stan Ridgeway. He’s the ex singer of “Wall of Voodoo”. (Mexican Radio), he just put out a new album, “Neon Mirage”.
    I’m listening to it now. He’s a mix between country and rock-noir. 😎
    Great harmonica!

    • im gonna look him up and give him try, its been a while since i last was at my local music store

  26. I have 790, haven’t heard much of them. But my first instrument was bass so i totally love geddy.

  27. Anthony when was the last time you went to see a show? Cause there is tons of bands that are air tight and flawless.

  28. OK. I’ve been offline for a while and didn’t see what this thread had devolved into.

    I’ve had enough. If I see this continue on its ugly course I’ll shut down comments on this post.


  29. This one goes out to some in particular – especially those who can’t spell Tupac correctly. (It’s Tupac, not Topac– go back, re read your posts.)

    “I see no changes all I see is racist faces
    misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
    We under I wonder what it takes to make this
    one better place, let’s erase the wasted
    Take the evil out the people they’ll be acting right…

    We gotta make a change…
    It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
    Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
    and let’s change the way we treat each other.
    You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
    what we gotta do, to survive….”

    — CHANGES —

    • Thats one of my favorite songs by him.