Yet again the Tupac biopic is in the hands of another director. The Hollywood Reporter recently announced the news that Benny Boom is reportedly the new appointed person to take over the direction of the film, after Carl Franklin was brought in just a few months ago.
It’s not clear why Franklin left the production, after he entered the project in April right after Boyz n the Hood creator John Singleton left on a bad note. “Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur,” he wrote according to BET. “Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a Black man guided by his passions,” Singleton added. “Of most importance was his love of Black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about.”
In an interview with XXL back in April, Singleton also stated this: “So, whenever you make a movie, you always have different elements that people have their say about. But when I’m making my movies, John Singleton movies, it’s really just my voice,” he said. “So I can’t be listening to all the other suggestions of all these other people and shit. So we’re not going to pull the trigger on that until it’s right. If somebody else wants to do something different then they can do something different. But if it’s going to be right, it’s going to be right. It’s going to be something that potentially adorns ‘Pac’s legacy.”
Still, the inconsistency of directors isn’t the only problem looming over the film’s production; issues are also stemming from a lawsuit from a group of producers to another over permission regarding creative decisions and casting. Let’s hope that now Benny Boom will be the last director enlisted for this project. Boom is known for directing music videos in the past for artist like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Ciara.