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The long-delayed biopic chronicling the life and death of slain hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur is on again – and a familiar face has returned to shepherd the project through production. Variety reports that John Singleton has agreed to rewrite, direct and produce the film for Morgan Creek. This comes after Singleton’s original deal with Morgan Creek fell apart, placing the planned biopic in development hell for the past few years. Singleton replaces Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, who bowed out after he couldn’t find the right script or lead actor to make the film work. The title also endured a legal battle between Shakur’s mother and Morgan Creek – which was eventually settled. Afeni Shakur will serve as an executive producer on the feature. The...
- Mike Bracken
Years after it was first announced and developed, a biopic of late rapper Tupac Shakur finally made some headway last fall, when a new production team and financing were secured. Now, the long-gestating project has secured a director: John Singleton.
The Oscar nominated filmmaker (for 1991's "Boyz n the Hood"), who once directed Shakur in 1993's "Poetic Justice," has signed on to direct, rewrite, and produce the as-yet-untitled biopic. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Singleton will start working on the script immediately, and hopes to begin filming this summer.
Shakur was only 25 when he was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996, cutting short a vibrant recording career. The biopic, which is set to be produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, will have rights to his full musical catalog. According to The Dissolve, Afeni Shakur is "a former Black Panther with an interest in making a movie that dwells as much »
- Katie Roberts
After endless false starts and legal battles, the long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic is finally being resurrected. According to Variety, the as-yet-untitled project will be written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious).
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Singleton is expected to start working on the screenplay immediately, with the goal to start production in the summer. The choice of director makes sense: Singleton was both a friend and collaborator of Shakur's, having directed the rapper/actor opposite Janet Jackson »
It has been a project that has struggled to get out of the pre production stages, but it looks like the Tupac Shakur biopic might have a second chance, as it has been revealed that John Singleton has signed up to direct the project.
Alongside directing duties, Singleton will also be in charge of rewriting and producing the movie and is eyeing up a summer start date. Morgan Creek is financing the project alongside Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.
Singleton, known for directing Boys N The Hood, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers, has a closer connection with the rapper as he worked with Shakur in the 1993 movie Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson. Singleton has said that Shakur’s death deeply affected him:
“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 »
- Lucy Cave
The filmmaker will also produce and re-write the script, which has been worked on by Steven Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. Work will begin immediately on the script, with the producers now focusing their efforts on finding the right actor to portray Tupac Shakur, in hopes of starting production as early as this June. The film will chart the rapper's rise to success, and his murder in 1996, after a Las Vegas boxing match, which still has not been solved.
The project has had a tumultuous history, starting with a legal battle between Morgan Creek Productions and the rapper's mother Afeni Shakur over his life rights. The case was eventually settled, with Afeni Shakur now serving as executive producer. Antoine Fuqua »
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