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Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur

FX has announced a new slate of documentary series, including one about Tupac and his mother Afeni Shakur. The network has greenlit Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, a five-episode series directed by Allen Hughes.

“Told through the eyes of the people who knew them best, Outlaw is an intimate wide-angle portrait of the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice are more relevant today than ever,” FX said in a press release.

Political and social activist and Black Panther member Afeni Shakur looks up while photographing the scene during a rally in support of the Panther 21, New York, New York, April 4, 1970. The Panther 21 were Black Panther members arrested by New York police under suspicion of planning a series of bombings, charges that were eventually dropped against all the defendents. (Photo by David Fenton/Getty Images)

Hughes previously directed HBO’s 2017 miniseries The Defiant Ones, which profiled Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine. According to Deadline, the director secured a deal with the Tupac Estate to access released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry in May.

Last year, Hughes recalled some of his dealings with the Tupac Estate for his HBO series during an interview with The Wrap.

“The Tupac Estate was — and I know them, they’re all old friends — but there was some stuff with him at the gun range that they were precious about,” he said. “My original cut is not the way it [eventually aired]. The family and the estate were really sensitive about taking things out of context when it came to weapons in his hands, you know? He was at a shooting range and it was pretty explosive in the original cut, and they were very, very, very adamant that we not do it that way.”

FX hasn’t revealed a premiere date for Outlaw. An official announcement is expected in the coming months.

Source – HipHopDX