Official Notorious B.I.G. documentary on the way

The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, Christopher Wallace

The first authorised Notorious B.I.G. documentary is being made with the approval and cooperation of the late rapper's estate.

Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance has been announced ahead of the 20th anniversary of the hip-hop icon's March 1997 death.

The 'Juicy' hitmaker is widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. He has inspired and been sampled by the likes of Eminem, Jay Z, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne.

The New York-born artist, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.

His mother Voletta Wallace is serving as producer on the movie, which was announced at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday (local time).

"It brings so much joy to my heart that my son Christopher's music has made such an impact on the music community and his stories have positively inspired so many young men and women over the years, and still influencing the youth all over the world today," Ms Wallace said in a statement.

The film is being directed by the Malloy Brothers, the duo behind dozens of notable music videos and White Stripes documentary Under Great White Northern Lights.

Notorious B.I.G. was the subject 2009 biopic Notorious, which was authorised by his estate, along with several previous unauthorised documentaries.

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