The man who brought us 12 Years A Slave will be directing a documentary on 25 years of Tupac Shakur’s life.
Deadline reports that the Academy Award-winning McQueen will at the helm for the full-length feature film. The project is possible through a deal between Shakur’s estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company Afeni Shakur created to release ‘Pac’s posthumous work. Jayson Jackson, who is known for the Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, will produce. Gloria Cox, Tupac Shakur’s aunt and Afeni Shakur’s only sister, will executive produce alongside White Horse Pictures.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” said McQueen in a statement. “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.”
There have been numerous documentaries released on Tupac’s life ranging from ones put together by associates that went straight-to-DVD to films like Tupac: Ressurection that received nationwide theatrical releases. With a biopic, All Eyez On Me, dropping this summer, it will be interesting to see just how much of ‘Pac’s life is left to uncover in this documentary.