Today, we got a press release regarding an upcoming Tupac Shakur documentary, and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is on board to direct.
Here is the release in full:
“Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects, announced today that Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will team up to produce a fully authorized documentary with Amaru on the life of acclaimed hip-hop artist, writer and poet Tupac Shakur.
The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director, Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and produced by Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles – Eight Days a Week, The Touring Years) and Nicholas Ferrall, together with Shakur Estate Trustee Tom Whalley. Gloria Cox, Tupac Shakur’s aunt and Afeni Shakur’s only sister, will executive produce along with White Horse’s Jeanne Elfant Festa.”
This documentary makes sense in these days of 90s nostalgia and every story getting more than one treatment. From the onslaught of O.J.-related stories last year, to this springs six documentaries and films about the LA riots, popular culture works cyclically. This summer we’ll get All Eyez on Me, the dramatization of the Tupac story, and now we get McQueen’s version of the story.
In the meantime, Steve McQueen is working on Widows, a heist picture starring Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Michelle Rodriguez, which is set for a 2018 release.
It’s amazing the way Tupac crammed an entire life of influence into 25 years before he was gunned down one night in Las Vegas. This should be a fascinating documentary.