Hollywood has been trying to make a film about Tupac Shakur for years, and while the production from Morgan Creek recently suffered a setback with the loss of director John Singleton, a new creator has already been hired to fill the director’s chair and finally get things underway.
According to Variety, Morgan Creek Productions has hired Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress, High Crimes) to take over the helm of the production. While no one has been cast in the role of the influential musician, casting is said to be “under way” with active production scheduled to begin by August or September of this year. The film, currently titled Tupac will be written by Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez. It will follow the rise of Shakur — born Lesane Parish Crooks — from his initial recognition as a gifted communicator through music, to his murder in Las Vegas in 1996 at the age of 25.
While the production has endured a series of setbacks that have almost derailed it — such as a lawsuit from Shakur’s mother that ended with her receiving an executive producer credit, and the gain and loss of other directors — the producers feel confident that the film will eventually see the light of day this time.
Shakur has become something of a cultural icon for many people, and a stunt at a concert with a “hologram” of the late artist seemed to revive interest in his work in 2012, with sales of his music seeing an increase of over 1,530% as a result. Once the film does finally hit the big screen, it should prove to be very interesting to see how many people turn out to remember his legacy, while also seeing how many show up to learn about it for the first time. For more on this film as it continues to take shape, keep it locked on GeekNation.
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