Steve McQueen Tapped to Direct Tupac Shakur Documentary
All Eyez on Steve McQueen! According to Collider, the 12 Years a Slave director is taking on a feature length doc about the late Tupac Shakur. McQueen allegedly closed a deal with Shakur Estate trustees Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment (the company created by Shakur’s recently deceased mother Afeni Shakur). The Academy Award-winning director had this to say about his new 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.”
The hip-hop doc is set to have some veteran documentary producers, like Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone), Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years) and Nicholas Ferrall (All Things Must Pass). In a more personal note Gloria Cox (Tupac Shakur’s aunt and Afeni Shakur’s only sister) is said to be an executive producer with Jeanne Elfant Festa (The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years).
All Eyez on Me is set to release next month (And hey that will also be produced by Afeni Shakur) so it looks like 2pac fever is in full swing. Hopefully, both films do justice to the gone-to-soon rapper and offer a more intimate look at the California legend.