The dramatized documentary “2Pac: The Great Escape from UMC” says the “Thug 4 Life” rapper was informed about the planned hit on him when he arrived in Las Vegas in September 1996.
It allowed him to plant a body double in Death Row Record label boss Suge Knight’s car, still ending up in University Medical Center but escaping, filmmaker Rick Boss told KTNV.
Shakur was instead airlifted by a private chopper to New Mexico — then taken to live under the protection of the Navajo tribe because authorities cannot enter tribal land without permission, Boss reckons.
The filmmaker insisted that the plot is not a wild fantasy — but facts gleaned through his close connections to Shakur’s inner circle.
“This is not a fiction. This is facts through certain people I know,” Boss told the local TV station.
It was unclear why Shakur still wound up in the hospital if a body double was placed in Knight’s car before the shooting, and the filmmaker did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Boss said he knows rappers who collaborated with Shakur — including G-Money and Snoop Dog — and his father knew the rapper’s mom through their involvement with 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,” Boss told the station.
Knight — who was with him in the car that fateful night — has previously shared a similar theory that his friend could be alive.
The film, which is still in production and hoping for a release next year, has not persuaded everyone, however — including Richard Garcia, the actor playing Shakur in the reenactments who still believes the star was shot dead.
“He’s gone but he lives on,” Garcia told KTNV. “Like his mother said, he lives on through all of us. Through our memories, through our hearts, through our tribute.”