Open Road Films to purchased the rights to John Singleton's Tupac Shakur’s biopic entitled, Tupac.

The movie will showcase the trials and tribulations of Shakur, including his beginnings in East Harlem, being the son of a Black Panther’s activist, his rapid fire path to superstardom, his role in the East Coast/West Coast skirmish, and his untimely demise.

The film will be produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Open Road will be screening the movie in at least 2000 theaters upon its release. The deal was set by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Morgan Creek chairman and CEO James G. Robinson, Program Pictures’ L.T. Hutton and Emmtt/Furla/Oasis Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla. The producers set to be involved in the movie include Robinson, David Robinson, Hutton, Emmett, Furla and Singleton. The executive producers for the film will be Tupac’s mom Afeni Shakur, Ortenberg and Peter Lawson.

Casting will begin shortly and the movie will aim for a late summer production start in New York, Atlanta, and LA.—Carl Lamarre