After nearly a decade, All Eyez on Me, the long-delayed biopic of Tupac Shakur, is finally coming to fruition, with veteran music-video director Benny "Boom" Douglas at the helm. Boom, 44, is the film's third director, after the departures of Carl Franklin and then John Singleton. He came onboard at the end of November 2015 and wasted little time: Filming began in December with an eye on a September release to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the rapper's murder. It's a great time for another rap flick, of course. In August 2015, the N.W.A film Straight Outta Compton -- which featured Marcc Rose as Shakur -- became the highest-grossing music biopic ever. "Straight Outta Compton kicked open the door for us," says Boom. "It let us know we can make our film the way we want to." In his first in-depth interview in 2016 and just shy of the 20th anniversary of Shakur's diamond-certified album of the same name on Feb. 13, the director reveals seven details about All Eyez on Me -- all ones that will make any 2Pac fan smile.
1. The film Goes Cradle To Grave -- And Beyond
Tupac lived 25 tumultuous years, and rather than focusing on one period of his life, Boom plans to include as much as possible. "We're starting from before he was born," he says. "His parents were Black Panthers. You see the struggles of his youth, his relationship with his mother, father figures that were in and out of his life, and what he developed into as a man from that. It humanizes him."