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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tupac's Next Posthumous Release: A Screenplay

Tupac Shakur was many things in his short lifetime: rapper, actor, poet, dancer... and apparently a screenwriter. A screenplay written by Shakur called Live 2 Tell has been given the quick green light by NStar Studios after sitting on a shelf for the past 16 years. The title may make it sound like Tupac wrote a Madonna biopic, but Live 2 Tell is the story of "a teenage drug lord and his efforts to leave a life of crime," according to Variety. Sounds thematically similar to films like Juice and Above the Rim that Tupac had once starred. Shakur reportedly wrote the screenplay while he was locked up for 11 months at New York's Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995.

Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur will serve as an executive producer on the film alongside Tupac: Resurrection director Preston Holmes and Hustle and Flow producer Dwight Williams. It's still unclear how a Tupac screenplay could just be laying around for a decade and a half without anyone taking charge, but we guess the important thing is that it's at least being made now. Holmes reportedly had been trying to acquire the screenplay ever since Tupac was working on it in prison. Producers estimate the film will have an $11 million budget and begin production in the first quarter of 2012.

[Photo: Ron Galella/]

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