Emmett Furla Oasis providing financing
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.
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.