The lives of dueling rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. have been chronicled on the big screen before, but their unsolved murders will be the focus of a new pilot picked up by USA on Thursday, Variety reports.
The scripted series, currently titled “Unsolved,” will trace the concurrent investigations into their deaths through the lens of Greg Kading, a former LAPD police detective who was in charge of the law enforcement task force responsible for solving the crimes.
Both of the rappers were killed in drive-by shootings that occurred six months apart amid the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry in the late ‘90s. In September 1996, Tupac was shot four times and killed by an unknown assailant at the age of 25. Biggie was murdered the next year in Los Angeles. He was only 24.
Kading documented his experience in the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations, which will reportedly serve as the source material for the true crime series. He will also consult on and co-executive produce the pilot.
Anthony Hemingway, who recently won an Emmy award for his work on FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer for the series, alongside producing partner Mark Taylor and Kyle Long, who will pen the pilot script.
Meanwhile, the trailer for the long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic was released last month on the 20th anniversary of his death. Watch below: