While fans await the big screen biopic for Tupac, another film project is in the works by the late rapper’s former producing partner Gobi Rahimi.
The filmmaker has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, seeking $500,000, for his own long-delayed film about Pac’s last days, entitled 7Dayz.
Rahimi, who directed two of Tupac’s music videos and others for Death Row Records, says the film will recount the last week of the rapper’s life, as he lay dying in a hospital bed in Las Vegas after being shot in a 1996 drive-by shooting on the Vegas Strip.
“I was waiting for Tupac at club 662 in Las Vegas after the Mike Tyson fight on September 7, 1996,” Rahimi wrote on the crowdfunding site. “Soon after, I was informed by rapper Nate Dogg that Tupac and Suge Knight had been shot and taken to University Hospital. I immediately rushed there to be by Tupac’s side. This was the first of an emotional seven days that I sat guard over Tupac, who was in an induced coma, riding the line between life and death. 7Dayz is the story of my experience at the hospital amidst death threats, undercover FBI informants and an uncooperative Police Department.”
He tells Deadline.com that 7Dayz is not a documentary, but rather, a narrative feature that will incorporate his own footage of Tupac during their last recording sessions together.
“It’s not a movie about Tupac,” Rahimi said. “It’s a movie that will have Tupac in it. It’s about how he changed my life.”
He added that he has never-before-seen archival footage, shot while Tupac was recording his unreleased One Nation album shortly before his death.
The film, however, will not feature Tupac’s music, because he doesn’t have the rights to any of it. Instead, he hopes to gather an all-star lineup to produce music inspired by Tupac… and are currently in negotiations with Tech N9ne’s Strange Music imprint to help.
“I’ve been sitting on this footage for 20 years,” Rahimi tells Deadline.com. “I can’t wait any longer for someone to give me the green light, so I’m just gonna go for it.”
He goes on to say that the hospital room where Pac lay dying was “a tense environment.” The film, however, will not “make any accusations or point any fingers” for those responsible for Tupac’s still-unsolved murder, but he notes on the Indiegogo page that “A few weeks before Pac was shot, I wrote the letter that Tupac signed, firing Suge Knight and his lawyer David Kenner. After that, the tension between Tupac and his label soared to new heights.”