As reported early in 2019, Allen Hughes will be directing a Tupac 5-Part DocuSeries titled “Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” which will air on FX.
As part of its attempt to ramp up their channel, FX is looking for new non-fiction docuseries. One of those is slated to be Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur.
President of Original Programming for FX Entertainment revealed the news at the TCA summer press tour.
Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, from The Defiant Ones director Allen Hughes. A five-part series looking at the mother and son. Told through the eyes of the people who knew them best. The series explores their message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice.
The docuseries which is expected the series will air early 2020, has reunited the Hughes Brothers on set for the first time in eleven years.
Hughes and the Tupac Estate have signed off on deal for a 5-part docuseries based on Tupac’s life. The Tupac Estate has granted Allen Hughes full access to Tupac’s released and unreleased material. Hughes will also have access to Tupac’s writings and poetry.
All this material and the backing of the Tupac Estate will enable Allen Hughes to direct and executive produce the 5-part Tupac docuseries. Hughes won’t take on this project alone, as he will have Lasse Jarvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini will be producer in a co-production between Interscope Films & MACRO.
Hughes won’t take on this project alone. He will have Lasse Jarvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini will be producer in a co-production between Interscope Films & MACRO.
We have seen a few Tupac docuseries in the past few years. Between 2017 and 2018 we saw USA Network’s Unsolved, Fox’s Who Shot Biggie & Tupac, and the Defiant Ones which featured a segment on Tupac directed by Allen Hughes.
Outlaw Docuseries Cast
Johanna Gentry will take on the role as Afeni Shakur. Gentry appeared in the 2018 film Deadly Lessons, and in her earlier acting career on General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.
Mimi Fletcher who has a lengthier acting resume will portray Afeni Shakur’s sister Gloria Cox. Fletcher’s resume consist of appearances on the Interrogation, The Surrogate, and Blood on Her Name.
Gloria Cox is also the mother of Outlawz member Kastro. Kastro along with EDI, Napoleon, Yaki Kadafi formed the Hip Hop group Dramacydal in the early nineties.
Close friend to the Shakur family, Jasmine Guy will appear on the docuseries as herself. Meeting Tupac during his guest appearances on a “A Different World”, Jasmine Guy would go on to build a strong friendship with Tupac.
Jasmine Guy was one of the few that Tupac trusted after being shot at Quad Studios in New York. Tupac ended up staying at Jasmine Guy’s place recovering after the shooting. “For me, sitting on the sidelines while all of that was going on, my heart would always stop for a while and then just come back, because um…these were very emotional times. And I wasn’t a member of the family, but I was always around. For whatever Afeni embraced me for, I really wanted to support them, and not just Tupac, but that family who depended on him completely.”
“We realized that Tupac didn’t wanna stay in the hospital, or at his girlfriend’s house. So they [Tupac’s mom and aunt] called me to see if I could keep him while he was convalescing from his wounds. He had…5 bullet wounds that he was healing from, and he didn’t feel safe sitting up in the hospital bed,” explains Jasmine Guy.
Former member of the Panther 21, Jamal Joseph will appear on the Outlaw series as himself. Jamal is also a writer, director, and producer, but no word yet if he will contribute in the production aspect of the series.
- Malcolm D. Stewart, Story Producer
- Allen Hughes, executive producer
- Lasse Järvi, executive producer
- Charles D. King, executive producer
- Tom Pellegrini, producer
- Tom Whalley, producer