Director seeks $300,000 to tell 'the true story of Tupac's last seven days'
Gobi M. Rahimi, the director of several of Tupac’s last music videos including ‘2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted’ and ‘Made Niggaz’, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to make a film about the late rapper.
The planned biopic, titled 7 Dayz, is billed on Rahimi’s Indiegogo page as “the true story of Tupac’s last seven days”. Rahimi is seeking $300,000 (£193,000) to fund the film’s pre-production, shooting and post-production costs.
Rahimi writes on his Indiegogo page: “I was waiting for Tupac at club 662 in Las Vegas after the Mike Tyson fight on September 7, 1996. Soon after, I was informed by rapper Nate Dogg that Tupac and Suge Knight had been shot and taken to University Hospital. I immediately rushed there to be by Tupac’s side. This was the first of an emotional 7 days that I sat guard over Tupac who was in an induced coma, riding the line between life and death. 7Dayz is the story of my experience at the hospital amidst death threats, undercover FBI informants and an uncooperative Police Department.”
Continuing, Rahimi explains that he is seeking crowdfunding for the project “to prevent it from becoming another watered down Hollywood film” and to “give you the opportunity to see this story in its most uncensored and truthful manner, the way Tupac would have wanted it”. At the time of writing, Rahimi’s film has raised just $4,150 (£2,670) of its $300,000 target, but still has 45 days remaining to reach its target.
Meanwhile, another Tupac film in the works has recently hired a new director. Carl Franklin, whose CV includes the films One True Thing and Devil In A Blue Dress as well as episodes of House Of Cards and Homeland, is due to start shooting the biopic in either August or September after Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton left the project over creative differences.
Tupac, full name Tupac Amaru Shakur, died on September 13, 1996 after being shot several times during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas six days earlier. His killer has never been found. He has now sold over 75 million records worldwide, having released a greater number of studio albums since his death than when he was alive.