Tupac Shakur biographical film
We've had a Notorious B.I.G. film already in the form of the rather good Notorious (Filmstalker review), in which the character of Tupac Shakur made a rather strong appearance. However the film managed to steer away from too many accusations and commentary on the East Coast-West Coast shenanigans and concentrate more on the man, his life, and his talent.
I wonder if a biographical film of Tupac Shakur could do the same? It certainly seems it might be set to be a bigger budget production as the director who is marshalling the film forward is none other than Antoine Fuqua.
The idea of Antoine Fuqua creating a story of Tupac Shakur's life is an interesting one. On one side he's a big director who really knows how to create a strong cinematic feel to a film, on the other he's a director of thrillers more than anything, and thrillers with a bent on action.
So what could he bring to a biographical film of a rapper? I think the cinematic feel is one, the fact that he's a very good director is another, and because even these action thrillers have a lot of heart to them, just watch Tears of the Sun (Filmstalker review) for an example.
However he does have a lot on his plate at the moment, but like so many rumours on the Interflab they're either far from being even considered as a project, such as The Tomb with Bruce Willis, a rumour that is way ahead of its time according to Antoine Fuqua himself through Digital Spy and the excellent The Playlist. They say that the film was nothing more than a discussion between Fuqua and Willis, although there's still a strong chance it could happen, and looking back at Tears of the Sun I'd say it should happen.
Others are still sitting there on his slate waiting to be made, but let's not speculate about it, let's see what Fuqua himself has to say:
"It looks like we're doing Tupac Shakur's movie next in September, that's what I've been starting up and working on now...I've been working on that for a while with Morgan Creek and Jim Robinson. I just got the greenlight from him and we're going in September. I've just started to prep that."
Well I'd say that's the next film we're going to see from Fuqua then. I still find it hard to match the idea of Fuqua and this film together, but I know that he'll bring a great cinematic eye to the story.
What he'll also bring is new talent. Apparently he wants to find brand new names for the film, and that probably reflects what happened in Notorious, finding a previously unseen or unheard actor/rapper who captured the character of B.I.G. in song and personality wonderfully.
So if you can sing, perform and behave like Tupac Shakur, I'd get yourself noticed as soon as possible.