Thursday, USA Network announced the pilot pickup of Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur (2Pac) and Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace and also known as Biggie Smalls) during the infamous East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry of the 1990s.
Both men were fatally shot -- Shakur in 1996 and Wallace in 1997 -- by unknown assailants during drive-by shootings, and their murders were investigated by then-LAPD Det. Greg Kading, who also authored the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.
Kading is consulting on the pilot script, written by Kyle Long (Suits) and directed by Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is the fourth pilot to be greenlit as part of USA’s 2016/2017 slate. The network recently announced pilot pickups for The Sinner, executive produced and starring Jessica Biel (The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea); Damnation, from executive producers Tony Tost (Longmire), James Mangold (Walk the Line), and Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones), and Daniel Rappaport (Office Space) on behalf of Entertainment 360; and The Tap, from executive producers Andrew Lenchewski (Royal Pains), Rob Reiner, and Alan Greisman of Reiner/Greisman (The Bucket List) and Charlie Ebersol of The Company (The Profit). All four pilots hail from Universal Cable Productions.