All Eyez On Me, Benny Boom’s Tupac Shakur biopic premieres next month, but it’s not the only Pac film on the horizon.
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is about to turn his lens on the prolific rapper and activist who was murdered in 1996 at the age 25. Last week, Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company Shakur’s late mother Afeni Shakur formed to release her son’s posthumous projects, announced they were producing a fully authorized documentary of Tupac with McQueen seated in the director’s chair.
This is a huge step away from McQueen’s previous projects which have included 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, and Shame, but apparently, this has been something the British-born director has wanted to do for some time. He said of the forthcoming documentary,
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. 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.”
Knowing McQueen’s auteur style as well as the fact that both the Shakur Estate and Universal Music Publishing Group are backing the film, means it might be one the most profound and impactful documentaries of our time. There is no release date yet for the film and knowing the scope of documentaries, it could be quite a while before the film hits the big screen.
Until then you can catch All Eyez On Me when it drops, June 16th.