FX Lands 5-Part Tupac Docuseries From ‘Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes

TCA 2019: Network expanding non-fiction slate with five series and its first feature-length doc, “Women in Comedy”

Last Updated: August 6, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

FX has landed the five-part docuseries on Tupac Shakur from “Defiant Ones” director Allen Hughes, the network announced on Tuesday.

The five-part series, which Hughes is working on with The Shakur Estate, that will center on the late rapper and poet and his mother, Afeni, who was an activist. The series, “Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” is described as “an intimate wide-angle portrait of the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice are more relevant today than ever.”

Hughes closed a deal with The Shakur Estate in May, which gave him access to Shakur’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry.

“Outlaw” is part of FX’s continued expansion into the non-fiction genre, which began with its New York Times series, “The Weekly.” Along with “Outlaw,” FX announced four more docuseries and “Women in Comedy,” its first feature-length documentary on female stand-up comics.

Directed by Andrea Nevins, the documentary will examine the changing landscape for women in stand-up through intimate interviews and the examination of their groundbreaking art in the post #MeToo era. “Women in Comedy” is executive produced by Ross Dinerstein, Jim Serpico and Nevins, with Jessica Kirson serving as a producer.

The four other docuseries are “A Wilderness of Error,” which is based on Errol Morris’ novel of the same name; “Pride,” which chronicles the history of LGBTQ civil rights in America; “Hip Hop Untold,” described as “a six-part examination of a dying breed of power brokers who operate from the shadows of hip hop”; and “The Most Dangerous Animal of All,” based on the New York Times best-selling book about one man’s search for his father, who he believes is a notorious serial killer.

Earlier on Tuesday, FX handed out an early Season 4 order to “Atlanta.”