Morgan Creek Still Committed to Antoine Fuqua for Tupac Biopic; Leaning Toward an Unknown

     June 13, 2011


Few men lived with the cinematic flare of Tupac, but it’s been a struggle to capture his life on screen.  Morgan Creek Productions, director Antoine Fuqua, and Shakur’s mother Afeni agreed on a deal in the winter after years of back-and-forth.  The pact faltered last week when Fuqua signed on to Southpaw, a boxing drama led by Eminem.  That may have delayed a lesser studio another couple years to find another director that meets the standards of Afeni Shakur.  But Morgan Creek has one more card to play.  The studio upped Fuqua’s contract to “pay-or-play,” so Fuqua gets paid even if Morgan Creek makes the movie without him.  It sounds like a vote of confidence more than anything else, but one that makes a significant step toward the reality of a Tupac biopic.  24 Frames suggests that Fuqua may be able to direct both Southpaw and Tupac — depending on how the next couple of months proceed, Tupac may even come first.

Hit the jump for details on the approach to casting.

Getting Fuqua on board is crucial to making the biopic in the near future, but the real bitch is casting.  You can’t hire any old schmoe to replicate the rapper’s innate and vast charisma.  Unless…

A source tells 24 Frames that, after looking at several veteran actors, Morgan Creek is leaning toward an unknown with “a similar look and background.”  When they find the young man who fits the part, an acting coach would take him the rest of the way.  I’m virtually always in favor of unknowns for biopics.  But the search, if done right, won’t be easy, and may very well add another couple years on to the development period.  Tupac will get a biopic in my lifetime, and I hope they take as long as they need.  Keep ya head up, Morgan Creek.


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  • Strong Enough

    it going to be hard to bring Tupac to life on screen. his personality was so complex and explosive. I wish whoever the best of luck cause its gonna be real tough.

  • Michael

    I still do hope this movie gets made, even though I don’t have very high hopes for it. At best, I sense it will be merely OK, as most biopics are. I can’t stand the rigidity of the Hollywood biopic formula. They’re usually too sappy for their own good, especially when the subject’s family is involved. I don’t want to see Tupac the Saint with the Heart of Gold, because that’s not who he was. I want to see him in all his complexity, the good, the bad and all in between. To make a sweet, sappy, sentimental movie about Tupac would be doing him a huge disservice. It’s his contradictions that made him who he was. I’ll just treat the Resurrection documentary as his biopic, because I highly doubt a melodrama can come close to the real thing.

  • Alex–

    Biopics are so lame, especially so close to their characters real deaths.

    A person is very complex and without hindsight and time which creates sort of a legend or caricature, it’s hopeless to try to bring that individual back to life.

    • Michael

      I agree. Biopics almost always seem to fall into one of two categories: Either, the person is made almost saintlike, and at worst they’re a special person with just a flaw here or there; or, they’re the doomed genius, who succumbs to (insert vice here, usually sex, drugs, drink, violence or all four). In the sentimental saint version, even if someone was a drunkard, drug addict, misogynist, racist or violent individual, such “flaws” are toned down. In the doomed version, those flaws are often ramped up, presenting that person as a slave to their vice. Even though the Tupac: Resurrection documentary ultimately took a positive, glowing view of Tupac, it didn’t shy away from the public bad things he did. But I sense any biopic would really downplay them and likely not even mention them. Look at that mediocre Notorious biopic. It seemed the worst he ever did was sell some drugs and cheat on his wife. That scene when Tupac is shot at the New York music studio? Notorious’ attempt to save Tupac was pure fantasy.

      • Alex–

        Oh well whatever makes money for the family, I guess.

        I thought Ray was a great film, had the pathos and legend and largely due to my ignorance of Ray Charles life it was really great.

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  • @LaZar2official

    Well for everyone who wants to kno’ most likely who will play the lead role in the 2-Pac bio film … u better implant this name in your head … DAMARIO BROWN .. his twitter is @FamoussAss2pac and if you type him in on youtube “DAMARIO BROWN 2 PAC” you will see his striking resemblence,background, and so forth and his 2pac BIO AUDITION VIDEO. He is an 18 year old young man out of the streets of LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA and as of now his BUZZZZZ is spreading like wildfire b/c he is the closest thing ever in todays current times to look like 2pac .. with a little training with his acting and voice and hit them weights .. he has the potenital to play the young Tupac and the older Tupac.. which is a rare advantage that he has over EVERYONE trying for this lead role… so once again .. dont let me words tell you .. look for yourself! .. DAMARIO BROWN … @FamoussAss2pac …

  • mike

    wow you have to look at this guy………

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  • Kelly

    If you want the best Tupac on ALL 4 Corners… the background… the story… the look… the prophetic ways of thinking and moving…. Then search Timothy Sanders… you can find him on TWITTER: Tim4TupacBiopic …. or check out his website …. Tupac is more than just looks….that man was an angel only sent by God… its 15 years later and his story still remains relevant… a person who plays this role has to be complete… in experience… pain…. Jail and alll… because no person understands being in Jail like those who have been… and I dont mean the YA….or county for chicken sh#t crimes… I mean prison… REAL BIDS… done by real men… bc like Tupac said… “Prison is not the spot”… and it takes a different kinda a personal to come out still sane… Timothy Sanders has my vote all day…. if u read his story you know its not a game…

    AND as for DAMARIO BROWN…. NEGATIVE……. I personally think Damario brown coulda been a possibility for a movie like a juice replay…. But for a BIOPIC that replays the last years of his life at 25… NO… he insults the person TUPAC REALLY WAS… and when you shave his head he looks NOTHING like PAC… thats why this kid keeps his hair…. but like you said … hes 18… what could he offer to a role of Tupac… Tupac was an old soul….a soul that required experience… experience in pain… in life ….and experience you only learn in years…. he doesnt have anything to offer to the role…. i being a huge tupac fan.. and have viewed his videos…. the tupac he portrays is a young P#### strung horney boy whos never had a real woman….and being a woman… I feel he represented everything BUT what Tupac was…. His voice negative… his personality… negative…. I feel it should be ANYBODY but him…. to be honest… You wouldnt catch me spending 15bucks to see him play PAC…. if hes playing it… you better send that shit straight to DVD… bc the only way hes gettin viewed it Bootleg…