The latest biopic will focus on the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur.
Biopics are all the rage this year – after one about Diana, an upcoming film about the life of classic Hollywood actress Grace Kelly and a pair of otherwise unrelated films about Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Tupac Shakur is apparently next on the chopping block. According to the LA Times, Morgan Creek Productions and Emmet Furla Films announced yesterday that they plan to co-finance and co-produce the film - which will be entitled Tupac.
Tupac impersonators have popped up all over the world.
The news outlet also reports that the movie is set to be filmed in Atlanta next year - with Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur as an executive producer. It seems that, unlike the producers of other biographical movies this year (*cough* Diana *cough*) Morgan Creek and Emmet Furla are really going for authenticity on this one. It also looks like the already legendary status of the late Shakur has been elevated even further this year.
Like other talents, cut down in their prime, a legend has formed around Tupac's name and persona.
The rapper, who died in 1996 in a shooting, related to the East Coast vs. West Coast industry feud, has since been revived in a way. His appearance as a hologram alongside Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg at the Coachella festival last year made headlines worldwide, and while some called it tacky and disrespectful, others were in awe of the hi-tech tribute to the man, who some consider the godfather of hip hop.
Besides his hollogram, Tupac has also been revived in wax figure form at Madame Tussauds.