Ahead of the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me, news has been announced for an authorized documentary on the late rapper, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” said 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.”
McQueen, who directed the critically-acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, isn’t a stranger in hip-hop. Back in 2015, he was tapped by Kanye West to direct the music video for “All Day”.
And, he’s gotten approval from the estate of Tupac. “Tupac’s timeless message resonates today as strongly as it did when I first discovered him in 1990, possibly more so,” said Shakur Estate trustee Tom 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.”
Its currently unclear when production will begin or when the documentary will be released. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can catch the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me in theaters on June 16.