10:30am PT by Bryn Sandberg
USA Network Orders Tupac Murder Pilot 'Unsolved'
USA Network is eyeing Tupac Shakur's murder for a new project.
The cable network has ordered pilot Unsolved, a scripted true crime story that chronicles the two major police investigations into the sudden deaths of the rapper and Biggie Smalls.
From Universal Cable Productions, the drama is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading. He is consulting on the pilot script and also will serve as co-executive producer. Kading led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and authored the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.
Kyle Long (Suits) is writing the pilot and will also executive produce, while Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) is set to direct. He also will executive produce along with Mark Taylor via their Hemingway | Taylor production company.
Unsolved is the fourth pilot greenlighted as part of USA’s 2016-2017 slate, all of which hail from UCP. The cabler recently announced pilot pickups for The Sinner, executive produced by and starring Jessica Biel; Damnation, from executive producers Tony Tost (Longmire), James Mangold (Walk the Line), Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Rappaport (Office Space); and The Tap, from executive producers Andrew Lenchewski (Royal Pains), Rob Reiner, Alan Greisman and Charlie Ebersol of The Company (The Profit).
Kyle Long is repped by WME, The Shuman Co. and Hansen Jacobson. Hemingway is with WME and Hansen Jacobson.