A New Tupac Shakur Biopic Will Answer Why He Was Killed, If Not By Whom

Oscar-nominated screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali, Nixon) have just been hired to write the Tupac Shakur biopic, which means the Antoine Fuqua-directed film could begin shooting by mid-November. (No
cast yet; Fuqua is looking for an unknown to play the late rapper.)
While the writing partners are known for adapting true lives and
stories — they also worked on the Moneyball script, and an upcoming Jackie Robinson story — Wilkinson tells Vulture that the key to this script is an approach that “is not in any way biopic-y.”

That’s a big change in direction for the project. An initial draft written by Steven Bagatourian (2005's American Gun) was largely documentary in style, simply laying out the facts of the slain rapper-poet-actor's brief 25-year life. But Wilkinson says that
their script will center on the last day of Tupac's life, flashing back
to show the final four years leading up to it.

Rivele admits that "I knew nothing about [Shakur]" before diving into
research, but upon immersing himself in just about everything ever
written about the rapper, "it became clear that he was essentially a
19th century Romantic poet who found himself in the 21st century." To
the best of our knowledge, neither John Keats nor Samuel Coleridge did
prison time for sex abuse or shot an off-duty cop in the buttocks, so
we asked Rivele to clarify. "This is the story of an artist whose
character is at odds with his medium," explains Rivele, "He was a
really sensitive, very romantic, talented young poet who also could
sing, dance, and act. But the realities [of the hip-hop record
business] were that he had to create this persona of the gangster."

Having been killed in a 1996 Las Vegas drive-by shooting, Shakur's
murder remains unsolved. But Rivele says their goal is not to show who
killed Shakur, but rather why anyone would want to. "He was obviously
very angry, and had been subjected to a great deal of violence at home,
in the streets and in prison," says Rivele, "But he was just beginning
to shed that anger and look for a purer voice...He was in the process
of changing himself, and entering a new phase of his life — essentially
a Romantic vision — and had set up a new label, and a new production
company to create it. He saw the contradiction between the musical
persona of 'Thug Life,' and his essential nature as a gentle, sensitive
person. And that was partly responsible for his murder: He was not a
gangster, but the people around him were. They saw he was going to
leave, that they were going to lose him, and so I think they decided to
kill him."


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Comment by GHOST on August 26, 2010 at 8:59pm
To truly transcend, you must leave this realm. To understand why he was content with death, wouldn't it be more relevant to tell the story about why Lesane Crooks became "2Pac, Pac, and finally Makaveli"? GHOST
Comment by ivar on August 27, 2010 at 6:53am
Great stuff!! it seems finally some talented people work with the genious of Tupac! Wonderful.
Comment by william vannurden on August 27, 2010 at 4:26pm
Sounds interesting, Im excited
Comment by J. O. O. on October 16, 2010 at 8:41pm
Wow that's deep. It's too bad Tupac didn't leave quick enough. I wish he as still alive and here. I miss him but he still lives in all our hearts.
Comment by William Love on February 14, 2011 at 1:22pm
@GHOST incorrect. To truly acend you must learn to exist across all planes of existence at once, you must be part and aware of every dimension you exist in, and of course this must be done in while attatched to your physical shell.
Comment by mag45 on February 25, 2011 at 2:06am
pac is still alive...stop playing...real niggaz dont die...
Comment by Kenneth Duane on April 21, 2011 at 11:07pm

I truly believe that I will bring Tupac's Passion to the big screen...  Thanks for the love and support!! 



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