Allen Hughes Set to Direct Five-Part Tupac Shakur Docuseries

Tupac Shakur (Credit: YouTube)

A new docuseries about Tupac Shakur is being developed.

Allen Hughes, who directed the 2017 HBO documentary series The Defiant Ones, is set to helm the five-part project after reaching a deal with Shakur’s estate, Variety reported Tuesday.

The agreement grants Hughes access to the late rap star’s released and unreleased recordings, as well as his poetry and writings.

A press release about the series described it as “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.”

Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King will executive produce along with Hughes. Tom Pellegrini is set to produce the untitled series.

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Hughes won a string of awards for directing The Defiant Ones, which chronicled the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. He also co-directed the 1993 film Menace II Society with his brother, Albert Hughes.

Tupac originally had a role in the film but was fired by Allen Hughes amid tensions on the set. The firing led to Tupac and Hughes getting into a fight, and the director pressed charges for assault and battery. Tupac was found guilty and spent 15 days in jail.

The music icon was shot multiple times during a driveby on the Las Vegas Strip on Sept. 7, 1996. He died from his injuries several days later at age 25.

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