Upcoming Afeni Shakur Biopic Dives Into Her Panther Days, Tupac’s Birth
Afeni Shakur biopic will highlight her time with the Panthers and Tupac’s birth, as announced by the Shakur Estate and Amaru Entertainment.
The Afeni shakur biopic will chronicle Shakur’s time with the Black Panther Party, highlighting April 2, 1969, when she and 20 other Black Panthers, who became known as the “Panther 21” were arrested and charged with conspiracy to bomb police stations in New York, through June 16, 1971, the day Tupac was born as well as her childhood and teenage years through flashbacks.
According to Variety, who broke the news first, Jasmine Guy and Jamal Joseph will executive produce the biopic. Dina LaPolt is also listed as a producer and spoke with Variety about the up coming project. “Two of the Panthers absconded, the judge freaked out and Afeni got put back in jail. She was five months pregnant [with Tupac] and made a motion to get a glass of milk for her unborn child! She had a lot of self-confidence, and that’s our movie—it begins with the day she was arrested,” LaPolt said.
Long time friend of the Shakur family, Jasmine Guy, has already contributed to the legacy of Afeni Shakur. Back in 2005, Jasmine authored the biography Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary. Who can forget the time Jasmine Guy hid Tupac after he was shot in New York. (View: Jasmine Guy Hid Tupac Shakur In Her House After Being Shot!)
“I was honored when Afeni asked me to author her biography. Now, I have the opportunity to honor her life and her legacy on the screen, and I am very excited to share her remarkable story this way,” Jasmine Guy said about the upcoming biopic.
Jamal Joseph, the youngest of the “Panther 21,” authored Tupac Shakur Legacy back in 2006. Both Jasmine and Jamal will also make an appearance on the upcoming 5-part docuseries, Outlaw: The Saga Of The Shakurs.
At the moment the no production company has been selected. “What we want to do is to take meetings with production companies. We would love to partner with ARRAY or Juvee Productions. I foresee a Black woman director, screenwriter, or Black woman production company [coming on board], that would be our dream. That would be our goal,” LaPolt explained to Variety.