2Pac is a religion. Twenty years after his passing, the hip-hop legend born Tupac Amaru Shakur has done what few musicians, or celebrities in general for that matter, have done posthumously: He’s become bigger than his art. His lyrics have touched on social issues that are still true to this day, shaping a generation of artists who have all been inspired by him. 
Fans have hypothesized for years about Shakur somehow cheating death and either hanging out in Cuba or some other secluded locale. Or, there’s the belief that he’s reincarnated in other people (rappers, specifically). Rap fans still love to give impactful up-and-comers the distinction of being “The next 2Pac,” and for certain artists (50 Cent, for example) the comparisons can be apt to a certain extent. But to other artists who worship the late rapper, whether it be Ja Rule or Nas, it doesn’t always work. Those more grounded in reality have taken Pac’s teachings to the classroom, expanding the contradictions and philosophies that have come to define him and compared him to the likes of Nietzsche or Ralph Waldo Emerson. Pac was a poet, an actor, a brother, and, most importantly, he was and still is all of us. 
Despite Pac’s continued influence on pop culture in the 20 years since his violent death, his story has never really been adapted in the same way as some of his contemporaries. We’ve sat through documentaries and big screen adaptations of Kurt Cobain and John Lennon, but 2Pac’s tragic tale has frustratingly gone untold, and his death has become as enigmatic as the man himself. 
There are literally hundreds of theories about who killed 2Pac, but no definitive answers—was it his father figure and labelhead Suge Knight? Vengeful gang member Orlando Anderson? The police? The conspiracies alone make for an enticing movie plot. But while The Notorious B.I.G. got his own (critically lambasted) movie, 2009’s stinker Notorious, Pac’s life story has been absent from the silver screen. Sure, a handful of actors have portrayed the rap legend in films like Straight Outta Compton and the aforementioned Notorious, but someone of the caliber of Tupac Shakur needs his own feature film. After years of waiting, that’s finally coming to fruition this summer.