Tupac biopic still awaiting finished script, says director

The film will focus on the days before the rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting in September '96

Director Antoine Fuqua has given an update on his biopic of Tupac Shakur.

Fuqua announced the project back in 2010, telling Digital Spy that he was hoping to find an unknown actor to play the late rap icon. However, little has been heard since.

Now Fuqua, best known for helming 2001’s Training Day starring Denzel Washington, has revealed that the biopic is still in the works. He told The Playlist: “It was announced too soon. I have a deal for Tupac, but the script is not there yet, and it’s being worked on. Somehow someone started talking about it, it got out there and went crazy, but it was always a situation of ‘let’s make sure we have a great script, and get it right’.”

Asked about the focus of his biopic, Fuqua replied: “The last few days, that trip from LA to Vegas, and where his head was during that journey.” Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 and died in hospital six days later.

Fuqua, whose other movies include Shooter and Brooklyn’s Finest, had also been lined up to direct the long-promised 24 feature film. However, he has recently revealed that this not going to happen after Kiefer Sutherland failed to reach an agreement with US network Fox.