Tupac Movie Gets Writers, They Say Film To Focus On His Last Years

By Allen Starbury  |  08/31/2010

Tupac ShakurThe long-talked about Tupac Shakur movie is expected to finally begin production this November, especially since director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") has just enlisted screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson to pen a new script, reports NY Mag's Vulture.

The pair of writers tell the mag that the upcoming film, which was originally written in a documentary style, will not be a biopic. Instead, will focus on a certain portion of his life.

That specific time period would be his last four years -- so from around 1993 up until his fatal shooting and death in 1996.

Rivele tells Vulture that the film focus on Tupac's last day, and flash back on the four years that preceded his still-unsolved shooting death.

"He was just beginning to shed that anger and look for a purer voice ... He was in the process of changing himself, and entering a new phase of his life," said Rivele. "He saw the contradiction between the musical persona of 'Thug Life,' and his essential nature as a gentle, sensitive person. And that was partly responsible for his murder: He was not a gangster, but the people around him were."

During the time frame the film would take place in Pac's life, the rapper had formed his group Thug Life, been accused sexual assault, shot in Manhattan, sentenced to prison, bailed out by Suge Knight, signed to Death Row Records, dropped the first double-album, and was shot again in Vegas and died days later.

A cast has not been announced, but like Biggie's biopic "Notorious," Fuqua hopes to cast an unknown to portray Tupac.