Tupac and Biggie Smalls true crime series heading to USA Network, pilot for “Unsolved,” a scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Biggie and Pac’s murder became worldwide news stories back in the ’90s. The unsolved murders have been the subject of ongoing discussion for over two decades. In 2002, a feature documentary about the murdered rappers, “Biggie & Tupac,” was released.
“Unsolved” will chronicle the two major police investigations into the separate murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G. Tupac was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996 at the age of 25. Biggie also was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Los Angeles March 1997 at the age of 24.
Anthony Hemingway, who just came off another true crime series with FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is set to direct the pilot.
The project is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating Tupac and Biggie’s murders. He authored the book “Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations,” which will serve as source material for the TV series. He will consult on the pilot and serve as co-exec producer. Kyle Long (“Suits”) is writing the pilot and will serve as executive producer, along with Hemingway and his producing partner Mark Taylor of their Hemingway Taylor banner. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.