Sixteen years after Tupac Shakur wrote his first and only screenplay, his mother Afeni Shakur is hoping to bring the script to the big screen. During 2Pac’s 11-month incarceration in 1995, he’d written a story called Live 2 Tell, which will go into production in 2012.
Preston Holmes and Ivan Juzang’s NStar Studios will spearhead the production with Afeni Shakur acting as executive producer. All three also worked together to produce the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection. According to Variety, “Hustle and Flow” producer Dwight Williams will also join the production team.
“[2Pac] was a genius, and the net of it is, he was from this community, he knew the struggles these young people were dealing with,” Juzang told Variety. “And he’s able to talk to young people in 2011, 2012, the same way he was able to talk to young people in 1995.”
Not much of the project has been revealed, but the film will tell the story of a young drug dealer struggling to leave an unlawful life. The budget for the movie is $11 million.
The film will go into production next year, but does not have an official release date.