Production for the Tupac Shakur biopic is expected to begin in June, according to an announcement made by Randal Emmett during an interview with Collider on Tuesday.
Director John singleton and producer Randal Emmett will be joined by Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, as an executive producer. Pac’s rise to super-stardom in the ‘90s will be the focal point of the film. Full access has been granted to the legend’s extensive music catalog.
In addition to Tupac’s ambitious music production and burgeoning film career, the movie will look closely at the violence which surrounded him. “We want to be real and raw about the things and the gangster life that he was involved in,” Emmett said. “We also want to honor the talent that he had because he really was, in my opinion for sure, one of the greatest talents that ever lived in music and hip-hop.” After Tupac and his cohorts fought with a known gang member, he was killed by a drive-by shooter in Las Vegas, in September of 1996. Though no one has ever been prosecuted for the rapper’s murder, investigations have implicated rival artists (including the Notorious B.I.G.), New York-based criminals, Los Angeles street gangs, and the LAPD. Tupac has been listed by both Rolling Stone and MTV as one of music’s most influential people: he released four studio albums before his death, and seven more were released following his murder.