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Tupac Biopic Set to Begin Filming

Tupac Biopic underwayFirst it was Christopher Wallace's turn (a.k.a Biggie Smalls, a.k.a The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a Big Poppa, a.k.a Biggie) to get a big screen biographical film about his meteoric rise and tragic fall at the hands of the east coast/west coast rap war. Now looks like Tupac will finally get his shot (ok, poor choice of words). Let's just hope Antoine Fuqua has something important to say with his biopic of the late Afeni Shakur-Davis (a.k.a. Tupac), unlike George Tillman did with his 2009 film, Notorious.

Here's the press release:

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in late Spring/early Summer on the biopic “TUPAC,” it was announced today James G. Robinson, Co-Chairman/CEO, and Rick Nicita, Co-Chairman/COO, of Morgan Creek Productions. Directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "Brooklyn’s Finest"), the film will be shot on location in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas and is currently being cast.

The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war.

In her support of the upcoming biopic of her late son, Afeni Shakur-Davis said, “I am confident that Morgan Creek will stay true to the common goal we share of depicting Tupac’s life in a way that will allow the world to see the authenticity of his artistry, his hopes, and his life goals.“

Commented producer LT Hutton,"I am honored to be part of the process that is bringing his life and legacy to the big screen. I am thankful to Afeni Shakur for giving this project her blessing and to Morgan Creek for giving it the green light."

“TUPAC” will be produced by James G. Robinson, David Robinson and LT Hutton, and executive produced by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. The screenplay was written by Steve Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson. Universal Pictures distributes in North America and co-distributes with Morgan Creek International overseas.

Morgan Creek’s next film, “DREAM HOUSE”, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz will be released through Universal Pictures on September 30, 2011.

No release date has been scheduled for the as-of-yet-unnamed film.

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