True crime drama’s never been more coveted following the smashing success of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Now, USA Network is getting in on the action, ordering a Tupac/Biggie Smalls series.
Deadline reports the series, Unsolved, will follow the experiences of former LAPD Greg Kading and his book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. There’s a lot of ground to cover in the much-publicized homicides, but using a real-life resource is the best course of action. Biggie and Tupac’s deaths have been chalked-full of speculative theories. Using Kadin’s book will make an at times romanticized moment grounded.
Unsovled will be written by Kyle Long (Suits) and executive produced by Anthony Hemingway, the Emmy-nominated director of American Crime Story – who can hopefully bring his deft touch to a story ripe to be adapted.
Tupac’s story will also be getting a big screen adaptation with the shoddy-looking All Eyez on Me coming soon. Notorious B.I.G. previously had a big screen adaptation in 2009′ surprisingly competent Notorious. With more time to explore personal beats and the death of the rappers, USA Network’s upcoming series has a better opportunity to convey the craziness surrounding the two iconic rappers deaths.
No release date has been officially announced for Unsovled.