After the 2009 kerfuffle between Afeni Shakur's Amaru Entertainment and Morgan Creek was settled, production was set to begin this September on the Tupac Shakur biopic directed by Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn's Finest,Shooter, Training Day). According to Vulture, shooting has been put off until mid-November, probably because Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson have been brought on for rewrites. The two screenwriters earned themselves an Oscar nomination for their screenplay Nixon in 1995, and also wrote Ali together.

Rivele and Wilkinson are taking the biopic in a different direction; while it was previously a more traditional and linear tale of Shakur's life, it will now "center on the last day of Tupac's life, flashing back to show the final four years leading up to it."

The 1996 unsolved murder Shakur, the rapper, actor, and poet, has been the subject of much speculation and conspiracy theories over the years. (Some people have even "seen" the slain rapper, much like others have has Elvis sightings. Those are my favorite conspiracy theorists.)
Nick Broomfield's doc Biggie and Tupac raised some rather interesting questions about the police and even FBI involvement in the two rappers' murders, while Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake chronicles the last year of Shakur's life. There are also plenty of biographies, as well as books by Shakur himself, available. This will be a unique addition to the long list of attempts to portray the rapper, as it will focus on Shakur's evolution from his tough guy persona to what Wilkinson calls his true nature as "a 19th century Romantic poet who found himself in the 21st century."

Last-minute writes are never an encouraging sign, although these two guys are obviously where it's at for biopics. Do you think this will do better at the box office than the Biggie Smalls biopic, Notorious, which also featured a fictionalized Tupac? (And was I the only one who loved that movie and cried at the end, or what?) What do you think?
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