Antoine Fuqua is gearing up to direct a film about the story of Tupac Shakur. The project has been greenlit by Morgan Creek and they will being filming later on this year. Fuqua’s resume has films like Training Day, King Arthur and Shooter.
Fuqua confirmed the story to DigitalSpy:
“It looks like we’re doing Tupac Shakur’s movie next in September, that’s what I’ve been starting up and working on now. I’ve been working on that for a while with Morgan Creek and Jim Robinson. I just got the greenlight from him and we’re going in September. I’ve just started to prep that.”
The director also mentioned that he hoped he could find an unknown actor to play Shakur, who was killed in 1996 in Las Vegas when he was 25:
“That’s the goal, I want to discover someone new. I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I’m going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.”
Fuqua’s latest film was Brooklyn’s Finest which starred Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes.