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Tupac Biopic to Film in June 2015, Has Rights to Tupac’s Music [Video]

The time has come for all Tupac fans to rejoice. Complex Magazine reported that the Tupac Biopic will begin filming in June of 2015.

Besides the fact that it’s a Tupac biopic, what makes this one different from the recently debuted biopics is that the film has the rights to Tupac’s original music.

The film’s producer Randall Emmett, known for his appearances on “The End of Watch” and “Power” has confirmed the news.

“That project is being put together for a June start date. And we’re still with Morgan Creek. And we’re financing with them. Open Road is our U.S. distributor still for domestic. And the script is great. And we’re ready to make the movie. And we’re just figuring out—just prepping the logistics…Morgan Creek bought the rights to the music and we share 50 percent of the rights with Morgan Creek. So, Morgan Creek acquired all the music rights from the estate when they partnered with Tupac’s mother.”

The film will focus on rapper’s early years as an important time in his music career. The infamous beef between the East Coast and West Coast may also be featured in the Tupac biopic.

Emmett stated, “I think that our story like a lot of biopics especially in the Hip Hop space will start at the beginning of his life. Kinda set up his beginnings and the people around him. And then go into kind of the key years leading up to the pinnacle of his success. Those three or four key years of his rise.”

Check out the video from Complex for more details on the Tupac Biopic.

‘The Breaks,’ VH1’s Next Original Movie About The Hip Hop Industry

Continuing its success in the scripted arena, VH1 announces “The Breaks” (Working Title) as its next original movie project. The script was inspired by journalist Dan Charnas’ book “The Big Payback,” a narrative history of the hip hop business.

“The Breaks” will make its television debut written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (“The Wire,” “The Walking Dead,” “Homeland”). VH1 plans to start principal photography in Spring 2015 with a premiere date set for Fall 2015.  “The Breaks” has the potential to become a series after its movie premiere.

“The Breaks” (WT) will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David and Deevee, three friends united by their love of hip hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will take viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.

Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record executive.  Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father’s laurels and notorious reputation.  DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up.

Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip hop company, Fouray Entertainment and catches the eye of the label’s infamous founder, while David struggles at the city’s top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip hop.

Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm, a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level.  But they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.

The Breaks” has the hallmark of a successful VH1 film:  a strong, authentic storyline that celebrates a musical moment,” said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1.  “The story covers a seminal time when some thought Hip-Hop was a passing fad – ‘The Breaks’ will show how it became an enduring force.  We can’t wait to share it with our viewers.”

“The Breaks” is the third movie in VH1’s successful push into scripted programming, following the 2013 record-breaking premiere of “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” and success of last year’s “Drumline: A New Beat,” which drew in 2.4 million total viewers and averaged a 1.4 in the key Adult 18-49 demo during its premiere.