John Singleton To Direct Tupac Shakur Biopic
The long-gestating project involving the late Tupac Shakur is finally making some moves with the addition of John Singleton coming on as the director.
According to Variety, the Boyz n the Hood filmmaker re-entered the project nearly three years after dropping out because it’s a film he’s long wanted to make. Singleton, who was also very close friends with Shakur, placed him in his Poetic Justice movie alongside Janet Jackson and wanted him to star as the lead in Baby Boy. The latter film eventually went to Tyrese Gibson, but Singleton still has hope of telling the story of his friend to a new generation of moviegoers.
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton told Variety. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”
There’s no concrete word as to what the film will ultimately portray, but based upon the slain rapper’s life it will reportedly follow ‘Pac’s “rise to being one of the most popular hip-hop artists as well as his untimely murder following a boxing match in 1996 in Las Vegas.”
In addition to directing the untitled Tupac Shakur biopic, Singleton will also re-write and produce the film, which is slated for a summer 2014 shoot. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films joined Morgan Creek as co-financier which renewed momentum and progress with the project.
Ever the charismatic performer, Shakur, 25, became a West Coast hip-hop legend and one of the best-selling artists of all time. Throughout his burgeoning career, he dabbled in acting appearing with memorable turns in Ernest Dickerson’s Juice, Jeff Pollack’s Above the Rim and later Bullet, Gridlock’d, and Gang Related all before his murder in 1996. ‘Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who has acted as guardian of her son’s artistic legacy since his death, will have an executive producer’s credit on the project, which will give the film access to 2Pac’s extensive musical catalog.