Steve McQueen Will Direct a New Tupac Documentary


Steve McQueen has been tapped to direct a new feature-length documentary on iconic rapper Tupac Shakur. The film will be McQueen’s second project since the release of his Oscar-winning title, 12 Years A Slave, in 2013.

The new film, which has no title yet, is said to be a highly personal project for the English director. In an interview with Deadline, he recalls meeting Shakur in person while studying abroad in New York: “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.”

The film has the backing of Tupac’s family and Amaru Entertainment, which was established by Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur Davis in 1997. McQueen will also work closely with Tupac’s aunt Gloria Cox, who will act as the documentary’s executive producer. White House Pictures, which has produced a string of other successful musical documentaries, will be the film’s worldwide sales agent. Furthermore, producers Jayson Jackson and Nigel Sinclair are confirmed to be on board.

Tupac made recent history as the first solo hip-hop artist to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is still considered by many to be the best rapper of all time. Even though his career only spanned five years, he’s sold over 75 million records worldwide. To this day, Tupac’s early death at age 25 remains subject to speculation; in 1996, he was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.


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