Progress on Morgan Creek’s Tupac Shakur biopic has been pretty quiet since 2011, when first Antoine Fuqua and then John Singleton left the project in a matter of months. But it hasn’t died down completely, and now it’s taking an important step forward.

Michael Starrbury, writer of the buzzy Sundance drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, has been hired to do a new rewrite of the screenplay. (Here’s Germain’s review of Mister and Pete.) The original draft was penned by Steve Bagatourian, Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. More details after the jump.

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Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011.¬†Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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