The wait is finally over!
A Tupac biopic “All Eyez On Me” starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the revolutionary rapper is well on its way.
After losing two previous directors John Singleton and Carl Franklin, it seemed as though a film chronicling the “Do For Love” rapper’s career would never see the light of day.
That’s all about to change, and we could see the film as early as September of this year.
Veteran music video director Benny “Boom” Douglas has taken over as director of the project and aims to have its release coincide with the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s death. Speaking to Billboard, the director revealed he wants the movie to be as authentic as possible stating:
“We’re starting from before he was born. His parents were Black Panthers. You see the struggles of his youth, his relationship with his mother, father figures that were in and out of his life, and what he developed into as a man from that. It humanizes him.”
On how the film will address the subjects of police brutality and race:
“[Racism] is a vicious cycle, and Tupac was a victim of that; he witnessed police brutality. It’s not just a biopic about a musician: It’s about a revolutionary. It’s the story of a martyr, someone who died for his cause.”
On how the success of “Straight Outta Compton” opened the door for “All Eyez On Me.”
“Straight Outta Compton kicked open the door for us. It let us know we can make our film the way we want to.”
On respecting Tupac’s legacy:
“It’s America — you can say anything you want, but that doesn’t make it true.”
“I wouldn’t be involved if the respect wasn’t paid. This is an icon of our generation, and I’m here to tell his story.”