XXLMag.com has learned that filmmaker-musical producer QDIII (Quincy Jones III), known for his Beef DVD series and his Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel documentaries, has a new Tupac Shakur project in the works for the small screen.
Known for his close relationship with ‘Pac, QDIII plans on releasing a TV mini-series, focusing on the rapper’s many personalities.
“If you look at Tupac’s life, he was a politician, he was musician, and then he was a guy who empowered women,” he told XXL. “We’re gonna do a six-part series documenting six different areas of his life.”
The upcoming documentary will be much different than his previous work, QD says solely because this time he will be working with ’Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.
“It’s a real blessing because for the first time we’ll have access to the family, information and items that only she would have,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that he left behind like notebooks, audio tapes of his meetings, and all kinds of stuff so it’ll be a totally different look of Tupac because we actually have that access now.”
Within the six-parts, QD also will be touching on the relationship between Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.
“One [episode] is just on Tupac and Biggie’s friendship,” he said. “You know, there’s a lot of things that people don’t know about that friendship even up until the very last day, things that Tupac was trying to do to mend that relationship. So we’re going to see the side of Tupac that people haven’t seen too often.”
When asked about what television channel the show could be premiering on, the filmmaker said, “I don’t wanna say for sure yet until we lock that up.”
In honor of the 15-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death on September 16, XXL will be paying tribute to fallen rap legend in our September 2011 issue.
The forthcoming mag will include interviews with ’Pac’s biological father, Billy Garland, his ex-wife, Keisha Morris, his first manager, Leila Steinberg, his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, his group, the Outlawz, and much, much more.
XXL’s September 2011 issue hits newststands nationwide on August 16. And don’t forget to check back with XXLMag.com, where XXL will be celebrating Tupac Shakur with exclusive content every day throughout September 13. —Ralph Bristout