Labyrinth – Hollywood’s New Crime Thriller Looking At the Deaths Of 2Pac And Biggie

By Anton Constantinou

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Fresh off the back of last week’s, Top 5 most craziest 2pac sightings ever, we’ve decided to follow up with a look at a film which has caused a bit of a stir in the hip hop community recently.

Labyrinth is a hotly anticipated new crime thriller about the murders of two of rap’s biggest stars, 2pac and Biggie. Murders which, to this day, remain an unsolved mystery. True, Biggie’s death was supposedly caught on camera, and many speculate that 2pac was killed in a drive-by shooting by South Side Crip, Orlando Anderson, but the cases are far from buried.

Links between gang violence and police corruption have led to the belief that the LAPD were involved. Which might go to explain why Hollywood has, up to now, refrained from putting out a film on the subject specifically. Instead, all we’ve had are low budget documentaries and online conspiracies.

Labyrinth borrows its name from a true-crime book released in 2002 called Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal. In it, journalist Randall Sullivan follows Russell Poole, an LAPD detective, who, in 1997 linked a cop-on-cop shooting to the former hip hop record label, Death Row Records. During the course of the investigation, Poole came to discover a string of black officers affiliated not only with Death Row, but also the vicious Bloods street gang.

Brad Furman (Lincoln Lawyer) is rumoured to be first in line to direct the film, with Johnny Depp on course for Poole’s part. This wouldn’t be the first time Depp’s played a detective. In 2001’s From Hell he was cast as a Victorian investigating officer, while in Tusk he’s a Canadian inspector. Similarly, Furman is well known for his crime dramas –  so adapting Sullivan’s story shouldn’t prove too difficult.

No official release date has been given yet, nor have any additional casting announcements been made.  Straight Outta Compton gave us alot of fresh blood which might be used, however. R. Marcos Taylor played a pretty convincing Suge Knight for example, and 2pac’s equivalent, Marcc Rose, while not given a lot of time of shine, bears a striking resemblance to the late rapper. Where Furman might run into problems, is in directly implicating anyone in the murders, previously found to be innocent. If it’s a closed book he’s after, he may have to crush the notion that either rapper might still be alive.

In other news, upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me – which we’ve touched on previous articles – now has a second trailer, and is due for release in November.



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