Another year, another Tupac Shakur documentary. Only the news coming out of Hollywood today could result in an excellent Shakur doc.
Steve McQueen, who received praise for directing the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, has been tapped to direct a new Tupac Shakur documentary, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” McQueen said in a statement. “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.”
To make things more interesting, the Shakur Estate is endorsing the official documentary. Shakur was murdered in 1996, and since then, there have been at least 15 documentaries made about his life.
Here’s what THR had to say about the Shakur Estate’s endorsement:
Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects, announced Tuesday that Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will team to produce a fully authorized documentary.
One movie involving Shakur is slated to be released in the near future. This summer, Lionsgate will release All Eyez on Me starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac.
Shakur was killed at the age of 25 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th.