A documentary chronicling the friendship between Tupac and Mike Tyson is slated to air on ESPN in September, as a part of the channel’s “30 for 30” series.
Pac was shot in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, as he drove down the Las Vegas Strip following a bout between Tyson and Bruce Seldon.
Reggie Rock Bythewood, a writer/director from New York, was struck by the events of that night and
inspired to create “One Night in Vegas,” a film said to connect the world of sports with the culture of hip-hop using the friendship between Tyson and Tupac as a point of focus.
For the ESPN documentary, Bythewood had full cooperation from Tyson and has been billed as an homage to classic boxing films such as “Requiem For A Heavyweight,” and “The Harder They Fall.”
It will also feature some social commentary.
“I am extremely excited that ESPN will allow me to hold a mirror up to the boxing world, a mirror up to hip-hop, and ultimately, a mirror up to society,” the director said in a statement.
“One Night in Vegas” will premier on ESPN on September 7 at 8 p.m. It will re-air on the same night at 11 p.m. on ESPN2 and on September 9 at 10 p.m. on ESPN Classic, and finally on September 30 at 9 p. m. on ESPN2.
Mark your calendars.