John Singleton To Direct Tupac Biopic, So The Movie Might Actually Get Made This Time
It's surprising that there isn't a biopic about Tupac's life out there yet, but it sounds like that is finally about to change. John Singleton will direct a Tupac biopic as well as rewrite and produce the film. According to Variety, Singleton reached a deal with production company Morgan Creek after production was long halted due to legal issues and finding the right director. Singleton was originally interested in directing the film, but the position was taken by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter). Fuqua dropped out after problems casting the lead role using an open call and sourcing the right script. The film was also held up when a legal battle erupted between Morgan Creek and Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, over creative control. That was back in 2011 and has since been settled.
News of Singleton returning is undoubtedly positive for fans of Tupac and it sounds like he's the right man for the job. Singleton, who is best known for his debut film Boyz n the Hood, directed Tupac in 1993's Poetic Justice. Singleton has said about his relationship with the rapper/actor, "Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with. His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”
Singleton, who also directed Four Brothers and 2 Fast 2 Furious, plans to start his rewrite immediately and production is likely to start this summer. If he can find his Tupac, that is. It will be exciting to see who ends up with the role, but Singleton knowing Tupac personally brings confidence that appropriate choices will be made for both the lead actor and the film as a whole.
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