John Singleton to direct Tupac Shakur biopic
By JORDANNAH ELIZABETH | 2/27/2014, 5:13 p.m.
“Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton has officially signed on to direct a Tupac Shakur film. The movie will be crafted as a biopic of the troubled rapper’s life. Shakur died after being shot in a drive-by in 1996.
Variety reports that Singleton is not only set to direct the film, but will personally rework the script and produce this yet-to-be-titled movie. He plans to begin shooting this summer after he completes his retouches of the original script.
The director is certainly fit to take this project on, as he directed Shakur and Janet Jackson in the 1993 film “Poetic Justice.” Singleton told Variety, “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.”
This upcoming cinematic work has gone through a number of trials and tribulations after Morgan Creek Productions stated that it would be working with Emmett Furla Oasis Films to co-finance and co-produce the movie. At one point, Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, got into a legal tug-of-war with Morgan Creek over the film’s rights. Afeni Shakur was able to attain a settlement and become the executive producer of the movie.
After failed attempts to cast the film and find the right director, Singleton finally committed to taking on this project wholeheartedly and overhauling the entire production to turn it into a reality and, hopefully, a huge success. Singleton has grown close with the Shakur family over the years after Tupac Shakur’s death.
With this competent and accomplished Black director, writer and producer, this film should be a moving and penetrating work, as all of Singleton’s films are.