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Las Vegas valley filmmaker explores possibility of Tupac Shakur being alive in new movie

Posted at 9:21 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 08:22:14-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas valley filmmaker Rick Boss got straight to the point.

"After the shooting. What's next?," he asked.

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In his new film - "2Pac: The Great Escape from UMC" - Boss explores the possibility of rap icon Tupac Shakur still being alive. Most people would agree with official reports that after being shot, Tupac was taken to UMC where he died six days later. But Boss has an alternate ending.

"This movie is about Tupac actually escaping from University Medical Center here in Vegas and relocating to New Mexico," said Boss. "Getting protection from the Navajo tribe."

Boss said when the rapper arrived to Las Vegas for fight night, he was informed of a planned hit on him. That's when the escape plan came into fruition - from planting a double in Suge Knight's BMW to a strategic aerial exit.

"When certain FBI agencies are looking for you, they are going to block the airport. So you can't travel out so the best way to escape is through helicopter, private helicopter to another state," said Boss.

FBI agents can't go onto tribal land without the tribal council's permission - Boss said that's why Navajo land in New Mexico made for the perfect hide out.


While many may dismiss the premise as fiction, Boss said the information for the script came from people in Tupac's family and circle.

"You can write a fiction. You can write a fiction story but this is not a fiction. This is facts through certain people I know," said Boss.

Boss knows G-Money and Snoop Dog, who collaborated with Tupac. And Boss' father knew Tupac's mom - from their involvement in the Black Panther Party.

"Let's just say Mr. Shakur - the family is aware of the movie and they're okay with the title so that should tell you more or less what's going on," said Boss.

Boss said he wants Tupac fans to see the movie and decide for themselves. The man who plays Tupac in the film - Richard Garcia - says he believes the rap legend did die in Las Vegas in 1996 at the age of 25. But his legacy? Still very much alive.

"He's gone but like you said, like his mother said, he lives on through all of us. Through our memories, through our hearts, through our tribute," said Garcia.

Boss said the film should come out sometime early 2021.