This year is shaping up to be a big one for hip-hop-inspired movies. Not only is the N.W.A biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," set to hit theaters in August, but a 2Pac biopic is set to start filming in June.
"The script is great and we’re ready to make the movie; we’re just prepping the logistics," the film's producer, Randall Emmett, told Collider. He also said that they secured the rights to use Pac's music.
"I think our story, especially like a lot of biopics in the hip-hop space, will at least tease the beginning of his life, kind of tease his beginnings and kind of the people around him, then go into the key years leading up to the pinnacle of his success—those three or four key years of his rise, and the empire he built."
Emmett is no stranger to making movies associated with hip-hop stars. In 2009, he co-founded Cheetah Vision, with 50 Cent, which has since put out a handful of films. He's also an executive producer on Fif's Starz series "Power," and produced movies like "End of Watch" and "Lone Survivor."
Now, it's on to the rap legend.
"He really defined it and paved the way for a lot of the great hip-hop artists we have today," he said. "We want to honor that, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We want to be real and raw, about the things and the gangster life that he was involved in, growing up in the way that he grew up, but we also want to honor the talent that he had because he really was, in my opinion for sure, one of the greatest talents that ever lived in music and hip-hop."
No casting details for the film have been revealed as yet.