Tupac Shakur biopic to be filmed in 2014

Rap artist and actor Tupac Shakur, 25, was shot four times in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 7, 1996. He died six days later at Southern Nevada University Medical Center. Shakur was leaving the MGM Grand casino after attending the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing match when a Cadillac pulled up to Shakur's sedan and someone inside opened fire. Marion "Suge" Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records, was in the car with Shakur and survived the attack. The case is still unsolved. In 2002, Chuck Phillips, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who has spent much of the last 10 years investigating the murder of Tupac, wrote an article for the Los Angeles Times in which he states that evidence he collected indicates that Christopher Wallance (aka Notorious B.I.G., or Biggie Smalls), Tupac's nemesis, supplied the gun used in the shooting and offered to pay a California branch of the Crips gang $1 million to commit the murder.

LOS ANGELES A new biopic on slain rapper Tupac Shakur is coming.

Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films announced in a Thursday news release they are in final negotiations to partner on the production of "Tupac." The picture will begin filming next year in Atlanta.

Gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas, Shakur's murder has not been solved. He remains a towering figure in rap music, the subject of Elvis-like conspiracy theories and one of two slain symbols with Biggie Smalls of the East Coast-West Coast beef that ruled rap for a time in the 1990s.

The film will be executive produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur.

The news release says the film will center on Shakur's life, but makes no mention of who will star as the rapper or who will direct.