Scribes set for Tupac Movie

Posted on Mon, August 30th, 2010

By Chris Masi
Long awaited news of the Tupac Shakur movie has finally hit the presses and the production may start shooting as early as this November. Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) has enlisted Oscar-nominated screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (“Ali”/”Nixon”) as scribes.

In an interview with NY Magazine, Chris Wilkinson said that the film will be written in a documentary style and will not be a biopic. It will mainly consist of flashbacks of the last four years of Tupac’s life and take place during his last days.

“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,” says Rivele. “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.”

Similar to “Notorious,” the biopic about late rapper Notorious B.I.G., which starred first-time actor Jamal Woolard as Biggie, Fuqua hopes to cast an unknown to play Tupac. (Anthony Mackey, who would later appear in “The Hurt Locker,” played Shakur in “Notorious.”)

Plans for the movie began back in 2007, when Afeni Shakur the mother of Tupac, sold the rights.

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