Steve McQueen knows how to create polarizing character driven stories. 12 Years a Slave and Shame are a testament to his ability to produce character driven narratives with depth. So when McQueen takes aim at a giant like Tupac, it has to breed excitement. The academy award winning director has brokered a deal with the late rap moguls estate trustee Tom Whaley of Amaru Entertainment, which was created by the recently deceased Afeni Shakur. McQueen will take aim at chronicling the life of the controversial rapper/actor/poet who is still the only stand alone hip hop artist to be inducted into the Rock n’ Roll hall of fame.
While Shakur’s time in the lime light was short lived, he rose to prominence and quickly became on of the most influential figures in entertainment history. The idea of a filmmaker with the pedigree of McQueen taking on a documentary film with the blessing of the Shakur estate, is one that has to met yet great enthusiasm. “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. ” McQueen said in a statement. “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.”
With the upcoming feature film All Eyez On Me set to release next month, Tupac Shakur will be on the minds of millions of fans, and this news should be music to everyone’s ears. No production or release date has been set for the documentary.