As Tupac Shakur bio-pic, All Eyez On Me, gears up for its release next month, a fully authorised documentary of the rapper’s life has been announced. And Oscar winning British director, Steve McQueen, is taking the helm.
The Shakur Estate and Amaru Entertainment, which was set up by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects, have announced the official documentary about the hip-hop artist.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” said McQueen. “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 iconic West Coast rapper, poet, actor and activist, Shakur sold more than 75 million records around the world. He was killed in Las Vegas at the age of 25 and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April.
As well as being the subject of the forthcoming All Eyez On Me, his life and death will also feature in a third movie, LAbyrinth. This stars Johnny Depp as the police detective who investigated Shakur’s murder and that of his rival, Notorious B.I.G. Currently in post-production, the film also stars Forest Whitaker and is set for release later this year.
Source: Hollywood Reporter