Documentary on Tupac coming
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen is set to direct a documentary about Tupac Shakur. Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment said the film is fully sanctioned by the late hip-hop artist's estate.
McQueen is best known for directing 12 Years a Slave, which won the best picture Oscar in 2014 and earned him a best director nomination.
The director said in a statement that he looks forward to working with Shakur's family to bring his unvarnished story to life.
Shakur's aunt and late mother's sister Gloria Cox will serve as an executive producer.
"Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur," said McQueen, who hinted there was some overlap between himself and Shakur during his time at NYU film school in 1993.
Whalley hopes the documentary will help take Shakur's legacy beyond "the refraction of the headlines, the controversy, and the tragic way his life ended."
Shakur died in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, at age 25.
His legacy is having a moment in Hollywood movies. The prolific artist will also get the biopic treatment in All Eyez on Me, which begins June 16.
Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. is playing Shakur.