There’s been a Tupac Shakur biopic in the works since 2011, but the project recently gained some momentum thanks to a new deal to finance the film. From Deadline:
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is teaming with Morgan Creek Productions to co-finance and co-produce Tupac, creating a new urgency for the long-gestating biopic on the hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. They are working with a script by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, and a new draft is expected in two weeks. Several companies battled for the rights to partner on the film with Jim Robinson’s Morgan Creek before MCP president David Robinson sealed the deal with EFO. They are eyeing a February start date and a $45 million budget. They have the rights to exploit Tupac’s musical catalog, and his mother, Afeni Shakur, will be a producer on the film.
No word yet on the cast, but Deadline notes that “Fruitvale Station” actor Micheal B. Jordan or Anthony Mackie could be good fits for the leading role. Read more over at Deadline.