It's time to break out those Tupac CDs again, because the legendary rapper is back in the spotlight in a big way. Later this year we'll be treated to the long-awaited biopic All Eyez On Me. And if you want something more straight-forward, perhaps more by-the-book, you've now got a documentary from 12 Years A Slave director, Steve McQueen.
The Oscar-nominated McQueen will direct a documentary on Tupac Shakur, produced by the rapper's aunt Gloria Cox (the sister of Afeni Shakur) who has very high expectations...
“I am happy to see this project come to life. This was something that my nephew (Tupac) was very passionate about creating in 1996, and my sister (Afeni) since before her passing this last May. It has been a long journey to get here. I feel like we have a team she (Afeni) would be very pleased with. It has never been our intention to rewrite the story of Tupac. Our goal has always been to tell the true story, which has never been done before in such a complete way. My sister always said to me, ‘We are not in the business of defending Tupac. Our job is to allow him to be seen in the most complete way, so his actions, his choices, and his words will allow him to speak for himself.’ I believe this film will do exactly that.”
And so does McQueen, who shares his personal connection to the material...
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”
Before McQueen gets to that he'll have to finish up with Widows, his adaptation of the British crime miniseries.