All Eyez on Me, originally titled Tupac, is an upcoming American biographical drama film directed by Benny Boom and written by Steven Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Ed Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft. The film stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr., Danai Gurira, Jamal Woolard, Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Jamie Hector, and Annie Ilonzeh. Principal photography began in mid-December 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
On February 10, 2011, it was announced that Morgan Creek Productions had developed and would finance and produce the rap legend Tupac Amaru Shakur’s biopic titled Tupac, which would follow his life from growing up to his death. Antoine Fuqua was attached as the director of the film, and the script was from Steven Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson. James G. Robinson and David C. Robinson would produce the film along with Program Pictures’ L.T. Hutton, and Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur as executive producer, with production scheduled to begin that summer. US distribution was being handled by Universal Pictures. On September 19, 2013, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films came on board to co-finance and co-produce the $45 million budgeted film along with Morgan Creek. Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft were writing the latest draft for the film. On February 12, 2014, John Singleton again signed on to rewrite, direct and produce the film. On April 16, 2014, Open Road Films acquired the United States distribution rights to the film. Gonzalez, Haft, and Singleton wrote the latest draft of the script for the film, about Tupac’s life from his growing up in East Harlem to becoming a legendary songwriter and hip-hop artist, to his death in Las Vegas at the age of 25. On April 7, 2015, it was revealed that Singleton exited the film due to some major creative differences, while Carl Franklin was being eyed to hold the direction duties. On October 28, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Emmett/Furla/Oasis had sued Morgan Creek over $10 million for breaking the companies co-production agreement signed in September 2013. In the agreement, terms were not to exceed the production budget above $30 million, mutual approval for the lead actor’s selection, filming schedule, and distribution and sales agreements. Randall Emmett and George Furla also claimed that they all first signed a distribution deal with Open Road, which Morgan Creek rejected, and then Morgan Creek inked a new deal with Open Road without mutually approval.
On November 30, 2015, it was reported that music director Benny Boom would be directing the film now replacing Franklin. Early-December 2015, the film’s title was confirmed to be All Eyez On Me. On December 24, 2015, newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. was cast in the film to play the role of Tupac. Jamal Woolard also joined the film to play the role of Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, Tupac’s former friend turned rival, revising the role Woolard portrayed in the 2009 film Notorious. On January 11, 2016, Danai Gurira was added to the film’s cast to play Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur, a political activist and member of the Black Panthers. Following Gurira’s casting, Variety reported on the next day that Kat Graham had signed on to play Jada Pinkett, a friend of Tupac from the Baltimore School for the Arts. It was revealed later that Dominic L. Santana had been cast as a record producer Suge Knight. On January 13, Jamie Hector signed on to star as Mutulu Shakur, Tupac’s stepfather.On January 15, Lauren Cohan joined the film’a cast to play the role of Leila Steinberg, a key figure in Tupac’s life as his mentor. Money B would appear in the film as himself, Tupac’s coworker at Digital Underground, Clifton Powell as Floyd, Tupac’s inmate at Clinton Correctional Facility, and Johnell Young as a Tupac’s close friend, Ray Luv. On January 19, TheWrap confirmed that Grace Gibson was cast in the film to play Biggie Smalls’ wife, Faith Evans, who was reportedly cheating Smalls with Shakur. On January 22, 2016, Keith Robinson was cast as Atron Gregory, TNT Records founder who first helped Tupac becoming a dancer and then a solo artist. Annie Ilonzeh was added to the cast in February 2016 to play the role of Kidada Jones, engaged to Tupac at the time of his death.
Principal photography on the film began in mid-December, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Filming wrapped on April 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.