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Tupac Shakur Documentary in the Works From Steve McQueen

May 9, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

A Tupac Shakur documentary from Oscar winner Steve McQueen is in the works. Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the Shakur Estate’s trustee, announced on Tuesday that White Hose Pictures and Jayson Jackson are teaming for a fully-authorized documentary with on the like of the hip-hop artist, with McQueen (Hunger, 12 Years a Slave) directing.

“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” says 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.”

“Tupac’s timeless message resonates today as strongly as it did when I first discovered him in 1990, possibly more so,” adds Whalley. “His legacy is unfortunately seen now through the refraction of the headlines, the controversy, and the tragic way his life ended. With this film, we will show the artist and the young man who existed beyond the news. I have an obligation to both Tupac and Afeni Shakur, to make sure this project becomes realized. In the final year of her life, Afeni and I spoke often of her desire to have her son’s true story be told… Together, with the team we have assembled, I am honored to have the opportunity to bring the documentary Tupac started in 1996 to life.”

The documentary will be produced with the full cooperation and the assistance of The Shakur Estate and will be financed and distributed by Amaru Entertainment.

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