About this project
It is not an autobiography, but a gripping and timely story Tupac wrote due to the introspection and self-examination he experienced while serving time at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York.
Video of Tupac's Prison Interview: http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh01XHoeh4q45370h3
Live 2 Tell is an emotional tale about the consequences of the choices we make. It is the journey of a young man who goes from being a kid with a troubled home life looking for a way out...to a ruthless and successful drug dealer... to a man who begins to question his own actions and to look for ways to make amends. Live 2 Tell highlights the capricious nature of fate: “Sometimes we can change our course and sometimes we can’t.”
Tupac was a poet. This film will be a 21st Century version of an epic poem, about growing up young and Black, told in a fresh, bold, imaginative way.
Live 2 Tell is not Tupac’s story. It’s the only screenplay written by Tupac. Live 2 Tell is a coming-of-age drama that is set against the gritty background of the big city underworld.
At eight years old, it all went wrong for Scott. The suicide of his father and the family’s slow-motion disintegration helped propel him into the higher realms of organized crime. Young Scott is taken under the protective wing of one of the last gentlemen gangsters, Dee. He is being groomed for the top spot when Dee is ambushed and killed by the mysterious Nickedemus gang. Scott takes over, even though older hands feel he’s too inexperienced. However, Scott proves equal to the task and takes the business into legitimate and community-minded directions.
His big advantage over his contemporaries is that he can think his way through to a life past crime. After a while, Scott’s fellow cartel heads, one-by-one, start coming up murdered. Scott realizes that it is only a matter of time before Nickedemus reappears and the blood will start flowing. He makes a decision to get out of the game, reconcile with his family and escape to a new life with his school-years sweetheart, Carla.
Events overtake him and Scott is forced to deal with the consequences of his life as a major drug dealer. Scott makes it through to the other side, but not before he sheds his share of blood, toil and pain.
Afeni Shakur - Executive Producer
Afeni Shakur has said to NStar producers that Live 2 Tell is one of the most important pieces of Tupac's legacy. It is not a story about Tupac, but the story he wanted to tell.
Preston Holmes - Producer (IMDb)
Preston Holmes has been a successful and respected producer of urban films for over 40 years, having been instrumental in the production of several of the most memorable urban films including - Krush Groove, New Jack City, Juice, Posse, Panther, Gridlock'd and Hustle & Flow. While serving as president of Russell Simmons' DEF Pictures, Preston corresponded with Tupac in prison, which led to Tupac's participation in the DEF Pictures release Gridlock'd. Tupac also sent the screenplay for Live 2 Tell to Preston.
Dwight Williams - Producer (IMDb)
Williams and Holmes have worked together frequently over the years on films such as Krush Groove, New Jack City and Hustle & Flow. Dwight also produced the film Baby Boy with John Singleton.
Ivan Juzang - Executive Producer
Ivan is the founder of MEE Productions inc., a Philadelphia-based advertising and marketing firm that has developed and perfected a unique method of reading and reaching the core urban youth market for many major corporations, and the public health arena. Over the past 20 years, Ivan has researched, developed marketing strategies and conducted community outreach for over 70 films for most of the major US Hollywood studios.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:
We are looking to raise $250,000.00 for the final development and
some pre-production expenses needed to "kick-start" this production. The funds would be used to:
- Begin to attach cast for principal roles, by engaging the
services of our casting director, Kim Coleman (IMDb).
- Cover legal fees associated with development and
- Engage a writer to “polish” (we plan to change no words,
only edit and trim) and prepare the original screenplay for production.
- Complete and submit a final budget, production schedule
and production tax credit application based on location scouting for the production.
Risks and challenges
The financing and production of Live 2 Tell involves a degree of risk. The costs of producing Live 2 Tell may be increased by reasons or factors beyond the control or present knowledge of the Company (such as delays caused by labor disputes, illness, accidents, strikes, faulty equipment, destruction or damage to the motion picture itself, or bad weather).
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