Anthony Hemingway Interview: ‘Unsolved’ director
“The fact that we’ve never really dealt with their humanity and got to understand them as young men, as well as young artists, is a tragedy in and of itself,” “Unsolved” lead director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway says in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above). The USA Network true crime anthology program, which was subtitled “The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.,” starred Josh Duhamel and Jimmi Simpson.
Referring to the iconic pair of young rappers who were murdered separately in the 1990s as “two little kids really,” Hemingway explains, “Those two had voices that really spoke loudly about what was happening in their reality and just w[ere]n’t heard. We are going through it again today. Kendrick Lamar is that right now, Childish Gambino is that right now and these voices are sounding alarms and we need to take heed and listen.”
Hemingway won an Emmy two years ago for producing the Best Limited Series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” He also received his first Emmy directing nomination then for its penultimate episode. He contends this year for “Unsolved” in the same category — Best Movie/Limited Directing — and has submitted the eighth episode, titled “Tupac Amaru Shakur.” Hemingway explains, “It was such a heart-wrenching episode and it really encompassed the heart of the entire season that we were really aiming for. It’s interesting because I initially was going to submit the pilot just for even some ways of just wanting to show how a show is created and the choices that I made and those decisions and the setup of it and how we established it, but as I thought long and hard about it, I just really thought more about the story and the impact of the story and what 2Pac meant to the world and that’s where I came to make that decision.”
Hemingway is currently shooting the first season of USA’s adaptation of “The Purge” film franchise in New Orleans, but will be meeting with “Unsolved” showrunner Kyle Long this week to discuss a second installment. “He’s pitched some storylines to the studio that they’ve become very excited about,” Hemingway teases.