Tupac Shakur Movie Gets New Financing Life

Emmett Furla Oasis providing financing

A long-stalled Tupac Shakur biopic has received new life with Emmett Furla Oasis Films, which is on board to co-finance and co-produce with Morgan Creek Prods.

The producers are aiming to begin production in February and have the rights to Shakur’s music catalog. Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur will be a producer on the film.

The writing team of Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft has written a new script.

Morgan Creek was developing the project in 2011, going so far as to post an online casting call that asked applicants to film themselves reading a scene from the script and performing their favorite Tupac Shakur song/rap.

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Shakur, who died in 1996 from gun shot wounds, has sold over 75 million albums. Earlier versions of the script chronicled his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, his imprisonment on charges of sexual assault and the East Coast-West Coast rap war.

Emmett Furla Oasis — headed by Randall Emmett and George Furla — recently re-named itself to reflect the investment from Dubai-based Oasis Ventures Entertainment. It financed films “2 Guns” and “Escape Plan.” Belgian financier Corsan NV came on board during the Toronto Film Festival with $125 million in financing for a slate of films with Emmett Furla Oasis.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news about Emmett Furla Oasis coming on to the project.

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