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“Defiant Ones” helmer Allen Hughes to direct Tupac Shakur docuseries

Award-winning filmmaker Allen Hughes has penned a deal with Tupac Shakur’s estate to direct a five-part docuseries on the seminal hip-hop legend. The project is the result of a deal struck ...
May 22, 2019

Award-winning filmmaker Allen Hughes has penned a deal with Tupac Shakur’s estate to direct a five-part docuseries on the seminal hip-hop legend.

The project is the result of a deal struck between the Shakur Estate and Hughes, who will be granted full access to all of Tupac Shakur’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry. The as-yet untitled project is said to be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.”

The Tupac docuseries will serve as Hughes’ follow-up project to his acclaimed four-part HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones, which highlights the improbable partnership of hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, as well as their leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Though his recording career ran only five years, Tupac has sold more than 75 million records worldwide (numbers as of 2007) and is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, sitting 86th on Rolling Stone‘s Greatest 100 Artists of All Time list. In April, he became the first solo hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 7, 1996, after becoming entangled in an East Coast-West Coast rivalry. He died six days later.

The untitled project is a co-production between Interscope Films and MACRO. It will be executive produced by Hughes, Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King, with Tom Pellegrini serving as producer.

Hughes is repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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