It has been 17 years since rapper-actor Tupac Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas. Now a biopic about the late hip-hop icon has finally received new financial backing. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO) has announced it will fund the long-overdue film, reports TheGrio.
The film has been in the works for some time before it was stalled. Now with the new co-financer, the production has received a new life.
EFO recently signed a deal with Morgan Creek Productions to co-produce, as well as co-finance, the $45 million budget film, reports Deadline Hollywood.
As of 2010, Tupac has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide,making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. In addition to his hit hip-hop records, Tupac also appeared in a number of films as an actor. Among them: Gang Related, Above The Rim, Poetic Justice, and Juice.
The new biopic will film in Atlanta next year. Shakur’s mom, Afeni Shakur, will serve as executive producer on the movie. The film will showcase the life of Shakur, who died at the age of 25. A search is underway for a director and cast.
With these holes remaining in the plans, Contact Music proposes that we still may never see this movie. And, the site says, Afeni Shakur will likely move to keep certain things off the screen.
Do you think the movie is doomed?