Steve McQueen to Direct Authorized Tupac Shakur Documentary

The estate of Tupac Shakur entrusts Steve McQueen with the iconic rapper’s legacy in upcoming documentary.

The life, times and legacy of Tupac Shakur will be documented by Seven Years A Slave director Steve McQueen in a full length feature documentary. The film was authorized by the family of the late hip hop artist. Shakur’s label, Interscope Records, and Universal Music Publishing Group, authorized the use of Tupac’s music.

“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” Oscar winner McQueen says in a statement.  “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.”

The as-yet-untitled film will explore Tupac’s work as both entertainer and activist. The film was brought together by The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, the company created by Tupac’s mother, the late Afeni Shakur. The film will be produced by Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?).

The film will be executive produced by Shakur’s aunt Gloria Cox, Jeanne Elfant Festa of White Horse, and Shakur estate trustee Tom Whalley.

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“Tupac’s timeless message resonates today as strongly as it did when I first discovered him in 1990, possibly more so,” Whalley said in a statement, per Variety. “His legacy is unfortunately seen now through the refraction of the headlines, the controversy, and the tragic way his life ended. We will show the artist and the young man who existed beyond the news.”

Shakur was shot dead at the age of 25 in September 1996. In his five year career, Shakur recorded eleven studio albums which sold over 75 million records worldwide. Tupac starred in the films Juice, Poetic Justice, Above The Rim, Gridlock’d, and Gang Related.

On April 17, 2017, Shakur was the first solo hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Brooklyn.

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation also provides arts education to children.

Shakur is also the subject of the upcoming biopic All Eyez on Me, which hits theatres on June 16, which would have been his 46th birthday.

SOURCE: VARIETY

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