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Writer for Antoine Fuqua’s Tupac Shakur biopic reveals new details

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 27th, 2010

Even though he’s been fodder for a handful of documentaries, and was even featured in another legendary rapper’s biopic, NOTORIOUS, Tupac Shakur has been a name that has shockingly never been brought to the big screen.

Well, according to Vulture, who recently spoke to one of the writers on the upcoming Antoine Fuqua helmed biopic, it may be getting closer.

The outlet spoke to the writer, who revealed that he and writer Chris Wilkinson have been brought onto the project, and that the film will hopefully be getting into production come November.

Check out the quote, and further details, after the break.

This is definitely a talented duo, particularly Wilkinson, who helped pen the screenplay to one of the most interesting biopics of our time, Ali.  Here’s what Rivele had to say about the film:

"I knew nothing about [Shakur, but upon research] it became clear that he was essentially a 19th century Romantic poet who found himself in the 21st century... He was just beginning to shed that anger and look for a purer voice...He was in the process of changing himself, and entering a new phase of his life — essentially a Romantic vision — and had set up a new label, and a new production company to create it."

That is definitely an interesting take.  Now, while I’m not the biggest fan of Fuqua, and don’t think that he is the best choice for this project (Craig Brewer fits this material far better in my eyes), but this little reveal definitely has me more interested in the project.  I think Shakur is far and away one of the most interesting figures in the world of music, so hopefully this film will be just as polarizing.

What do you think?

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