Steve McQueen, Director of "12 Years A Slave", To Make Tupac Documentary
Wed, 10 May 2017 10:25:10
A new Tupac Shakur documentary has been announced, and it will be directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame). The film was sanctioned by Amaru Entertainment — the company established by the late Afeni Shakur to release her son's posthumous projects. No release date for the project has been announced at this time.
McQueen said in a statement about the project, "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."
On board to produce are Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?), White Horse Pictures' Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles: Eight Days a Week), Nicholas Ferrall, and Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley.
The news of the forthcoming documentary comes just a month before All Eyez On Me, a biopic about the life of Tupac hits theatres next month. Hopefully both projects bring new ears to the rapper's work, and give longtime fans a new lens to look through when coming to understand his life.
Last month, Tupac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Snoop Dogg inducted the rapper into the hall with a heartfelt speech.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff