Steve McQueen To Direct An Authorized Documentary On Tupac Shakur
It has been almost 21 years since the world lost Tupac Amaru Shakur. Since then, he has become a mythic character in hip-hop’s history, almost an otherworldly figure. From predicting his own death to being a champion in the streets, affecting real people’s lives, to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Tupac has become arguably one of the greatest entities to ever grace our presence. And now, an authorized documentary about his life and times will finally set the story in stone.
Sanctioned by The Shakur Estate, the as-yet-to-be-announced title will chronicle Tupac’s growth as an entertainer, an activist and a passionate person. The company created by ‘Pac’s mother, the late Afeni Shakur, has tasked Academy Award winner Steve McQueen to direct the project. Nigel Sinclair‘s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson (CEO, Okayplayer and producer behind What’s Happened Miss Simone?) to team up to produce the documentary. On the back-end, Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley, Gloria Cox, Tupac’s aunt and Afeni’s only sister, will executive produce along with White Horse’s Jeanne Elfant Festa.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” Steve McQueen mentioned in a press release. “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.” Interscope Records, the label that released the majoring of Tupac’s catalog, and Universal Music Publishing Group, will provide full support to the production. “Tupac’s timeless message resonates today as strongly as it did when I first discovered him in 1990, possibly more so,” Tom Whalley, the trustee of the Shakur Estate said in that same release. “His legacy is unfortunately seen now through the refraction of the headlines, the controversy, and the tragic way his life ended. We will show the artist and the young man who existed beyond the news.”
With more than two decades of perspective soon to be revealed to the larger world, this authorized documentary marks a pivotal point in hip-hop history, and we are excited to be able to follow this up as it continues to develop.