Screen Junkies » tupac shakur biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Antoine Fuqua Getting Paid For ‘Tupac’ Biopic Either Way http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/antoine-fuqua-getting-paid-for-tupac-biopic-either-way/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/antoine-fuqua-getting-paid-for-tupac-biopic-either-way/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:11:39 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216189 Tell Mama don't cry. Cuz even if they kill me. They can never take the life of a real G. I'm getting money.

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Morgan Creek’s plans to turn the corpse of Tupac Shakur upside-down and shake money out of his pockets hit a snag when director Antoine Fuqua decided to move on from the biopic. Fuqua was in good with Pac’s moms and if he were to leave, the project would spiral into tailspin. So Morgan Creek had no choice but to step up.

The studio has now signed Fuqua to a pay-or-play deal on the project as a sign of their commitment to him. Which means, whether the film gets made or not, Antoine Fuqua gets money. The hunt for established actors to play the fallen rapper proved fruitless, and now the production is looking for Tupac lookalikes who can be coached to act like him. Just like the government did when Weird “Al” Yankovic was assassinated. Oh, you didn’t know? (LA Times)

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Tupac Shakur Biopic Won’t Be Biopic-y http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tupac-shakur-biopic-wont-be-biopic-y/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tupac-shakur-biopic-wont-be-biopic-y/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson have been hired to write the Tupac Shakur biopic, and they promise that their approach "is not in any way biopic-y." The original draft written by Steven Bagatourian was gonna get all up in 2Pac's bidness by laying out facts documentary style. But Wilkinson says that approach was skeet and their script will center on the last day of Tupac's life, using flashbacks to show the final four years of thugness leading up to it. Don't quote him on that exact wording. I added some flava. Rivele spit this flow for Vulture: "This is the story of an artist whose character is at odds with his medium," explains Rivele, "He was a really sensitive, very romantic, talented young poet who also could sing, dance, and act. But the realities [of the hip-hop record business] were that he had to create this persona of the gangster." Sounds like me in high school. Turns out starring as the lead in South Pacific doesn't command the respect you'd think it would. But wrap a bandana around your head and shoot the janitor, suddenly everyone's afraid of you. Antoine Fuqua is set to direct the Tupac biopic, and is currently searching for an unknown actor to play the late-rapper. I suggest he consider casting Tupac himself since we all know he's alive and well living out the rest of his days in suburbia tending to his tomato garden.

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Screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson have been hired to write the Tupac Shakur biopic, and they promise that their approach "is not in any way biopic-y." The original draft written by Steven Bagatourian was gonna get all up in 2Pac’s bidness by laying out facts documentary style. But Wilkinson says that approach was skeet and their script will center on the last day of Tupac‘s life, using flashbacks to show the final four years of thugness leading up to it. Don’t quote him on that exact wording. I added some flava. Rivele spit this flow for Vulture:

"This is the story of an artist whose character is at odds with his medium," explains Rivele, "He was a really sensitive, very romantic, talented young poet who also could sing, dance, and act. But the realities [of the hip-hop record business] were that he had to create this persona of the gangster."

Sounds like me in high school. Turns out starring as the lead in South Pacific doesn’t command the respect you’d think it would. But wrap a bandana around your head and shoot the janitor, suddenly everyone’s afraid of you. Antoine Fuqua is set to direct the Tupac biopic, and is currently searching for at unknown actor to play the late-rapper. I suggest he consider casting Tupac himself since we all know he’s alive and well living out the rest of his days in suburbia tending to his tomato garden.

 

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