Despite not even having an actor to play the part of iconic west coast rapper Tupac Shakur, the folks at Morgan Creek Productions and Oasis Films have already announced their plans to begin principal shooting on the delayed hip-hop biopic next spring.
According to THR, producer Randall Emmett confirmed that the 2014 shoot is finalized. The news comes as a welcome surprise, considering the amount of legal turmoil that’s taken place between Morgan Creek Productions and Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur. The biopic was originally supposed to start in 2011, but Morgan Creek sued Shakur on the basis that she had allegedly tried to negotiate for creative control of the film despite signing over the rights to her son’s music and story. Shakur elected to countersue soon after, and the dispute was ultimately settled out of court with Shakur being given the title of executive producer.
Morgan Creek will work with the Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films partnership to produce, finance and, hopefully, cast a decent actor for the role of Tupac Shakur. The rapper was gunned down by an unknown assailant on Sep. 7, 1996 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.