While the police have seemingly given up on solving the murder of rapper/actor/poet, Tupac Shakur, fans and certain members of the media continue to look for clues.
Tupac died September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas
at the age of 25 from gunshot wounds sustained six days earlier. That is pretty much the only thing everyone can agree on.
A new movie coming out about the man who has had more albums released since his death (8), than when he was alive (6) will focus on his last day of life, with flashbacks to the final four years leading up to it. It will try to shed light on why he was killed.
Stephen J. Rivele
is one of two screenwriters hired to write the film. He spoke to Vulture
about the direction the project would be taking.
"This is the story of an artist whose character is at odds with his medium. He was a really sensitive, very romantic, talented young poet who also could sing, dance, and act. But the realities [of the hip-hop record business] were that he had to create this persona of the gangster,
" Rivele says.
"He was obviously very angry, and had been subjected to a great deal of violence at home, in the streets and in prison. But he was just beginning to shed that anger and look for a purer voice...He was in the process of changing himself, and entering a new phase of his life — essentially a Romantic vision — and had set up a new label, and a new production company to create it. He saw the contradiction between the musical persona of 'Thug Life,' and his essential nature as a gentle, sensitive person. And that was partly responsible for his murder: He was not a gangster, but the people around him were. They saw he was going to leave, that they were going to lose him, and so I think they decided to kill him
The movie is expected to begin production in November, and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua
, who also directed 'Training Day