While classics including Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Bay Boy and more have solidified famed director John Singleton’s legacy in Hollywood, it looks as if the long awaited biopic of rapper and activist Tupac Shakur will not be moving forward with him at the helm. Led by Morgan Creek Productions, Singleton has announced that he has parted ways with the project, which has since brought in director Carl Franklin.
Taking to his Instagram account, the director revealed his reasons reasons for walking away from the film, claiming that those involved are not concerned with an accurate depiction of the Hip Hop legend. Although he left open the possibility that he will create his own version, with the 20 year anniversary of Shakur’s murder drawing near, the development comes as yet another blow to fans and supporters alike.
According to Singleton:
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. I won’t say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling …
To Pac’s real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac … It doesn’t matter what they do mines will be better… Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions … Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about… Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?!
They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that’s why my ass isn’t involved ! If Tupac knew what was going on he’d ride on all these fools and take it to the streets… But I won’t do that … I’ll just make my own project. What Yall think about that?!!
Here’s to hoping this film doesn’t get forgotten on the same shelf as Detox.