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Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed writer/director/producer John Singleton. It comes as he prepares to direct the long gestating Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac. It’s hard to believe that it was 23 years ago that Singleton came right out of USC and changed the business with his breakout Sony hit Boyz N The Hood. The hot button picture established the urban film as a viable genre with an under served audience waiting for good films. It also made Singleton the youngest director and first African American to get an Oscar nom. He flies under the radar, but has helmed hits that include Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers; he produced and financed Hustle & Flow, the breakout indie as well as Baby Boy and Black Snake Moan. Singleton was repped by Wme. He continues with Underground manager Trevor Engelson and attorney Stephen Barnes.
- Mike Fleming Jr
This story first appeared in the June 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. I contacted her when I was doing 1993's Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur because I was having problems writing the poetry. I thought, "I'm reading these poems by Maya Angelou; why not use her poems?" But I had to get her permission. So I met her for lunch, and we bonded and she also agreed to be in the movie. I had her improv most of her dialogue because, how am I going to write the way she speaks? She speaks so beautifully. I tried
- John Singleton, As told to Gregg Kilday
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) - Author and poet. Her classic book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was adapted into a 1979 TV movie. She also scripted the film Georgia, Georgia and scripted Down in the Delta. She appears in Poetic Justice (see below), How to Make an American Quilt, Madea's Family Reunion (pictured above), Porgy and Bess and the documentaries Under African Skies and Good Hair. She died on May 28. (CNN...
- Christopher Campbell
Exclusive: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tupac, the long-awaited and highly anticipated feature on the life of Tupac Shakur directed by John Singleton. Scripted by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Singleton, the film traces Shakur’s life from growing up in East Harlem the son of activist Black Panther Party members, to reaching superstardom as a songwriter, hip-hop and movie star, to his vocal position as a leader in the East Coast/West Coast rap war, to his death. Shakur, leaving a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, was murdered in a drive by shooting, dying at age 25 in 1996. Related: All Eyez On John Singleton As Director Boards Tupac Shakur Biopic The film is being produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The deal was set by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Morgan Creek chairman and CEO James G. Robinson, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
R&B singer Ashanti has confirmed that she’s contributing new songs to the forthcoming Tupac Shakur biopic. While promoting her new album “Braveheart,” Ashanti told Complex that her next project will be the yet-to-be-titled film, which is slated to start production in June. “L.T. Hutton, who actually produced the ‘I Got It’ record and ‘Scars’ and a bunch of other records on my album, he’s one of the CEO’s over at Morgan Creek [Pictures]. And him and I are gonna be doing like a musical score, or a lot of music, for the Tupac film coming in 2015,” Ashanti said. “[It’s] very premature, early in stages — oh, and John Singleton is gonna be directing. So that’s gonna be sick, so I’m really, really excited about that.” “Boyz n the Hood” director, John Singleton, has been tasked with re-writing the script, directing and producing the biopic. Singleton directed »
- Whitney Phaneuf
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Singleton had previously worked with the 'California Love' hit maker in 1993's 'Poetic Justice'.
Singleton said that Shakur was the guy who he planned to do a lifetime of films with and his passing deeply affected his life as well as countless people in this world.
Singleton, who will also be rewriting and producing the film, added that Shakur's life story is important to his generation.
- Amith Ostwal
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
John Singleton, the man behind 2 Fast 2 Furious and urban classic Boyz n the Hood has officially signed on to direct and produce a project very dear to his heart, the as yet untitled biopic of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Variety are reporting that he will also rewrite the script that has been floating around in limbo for a number of years now.
"Tupac was they guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with…His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in the world. His life story is as important to my generation."
The director had previously been linked with the movie a few years ago but after legal issues with Tupac's mother and other various problems, a deal was never reached and »
- Gary Collinson
The long-in-the-works picture will follow Shakur’s rise to fame as well as his murder following a boxing match in 1996 in Las Vegas, according to Variety, which first reported the news. Years ago, Singleton — who directed Shakur in Poetic Justice — was linked to the project, but the deal fell through.
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton said in a statement to Variety. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His »
- Erin Strecker
Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton has resurrected a long gestating biopic of late rap icon Tupac Shakur. Singleton, who directed Shakur in his 1993 film Poetic Justice, will also produce and help re-write the Untitled Tupac Shakur Project alongside scribes Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez, whose last credit was a direct-to-video sequel to Street Kings.
Even though his filmography has been spotty in recent years, with 2 Fast 2 Furious and Abduction, returning Singleton to his West Coast roots will probably bode well for the director. The project also takes on more significance since he was a friend of Shakur’s. “Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton told Deadline. “His passing deeply affected my life. As well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.” The Untitled Tupac Shakur Project could signal Singleton’s return »
- Jordan Adler
The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood filmmaker will direct, produce and re-write the script for the project, which chronicles the rapper's rise to fame and his murder in Las Vegas in 1996.
"Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," Variety quotes Singleton as saying.
"His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation."
Production on the untitled biopic is expected to begin this summer.
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The Us film-maker is on board to rewrite, direct and produce the untitled film, which hopes to shoot in the summer. He knew his subject personally, having worked with him on the 1993 romantic drama Poetic Justice, in which the rapper starred opposite Janet Jackson.
"Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," Singleton said. "His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation."
Shakur, who was killed during a »
- Ben Child
According to Variety, director John Singleton will helm the Tupac Shakur biopic, a natural choice seeing as how Singleton worked with Shakur on the 1993 film Poetic Justice. “Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton said. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.” Good luck to all the actors trying out for 2pac, because they are going to have to be on point. Steven Spielberg didn't hang out with Abraham Lincoln before he auditioned Daniel Day-Lewis, is all we're saying. »
- Halle Kiefer
Director John Singleton has signed on to write, direct, and produce an untitled biopic of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. A biopic about Tupac has been a long time coming, and I think that Singleton is the right director to take on the project. After all, he personally worked with Tupac on his film Poetic Justice. Singleton was in talks for the project a couple years ago, but for one reason or another it didn't go through. It's good to see the the movie is finally going to move forward into production. Singleton had this to say in a statement,
"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."
He will begin working on a draft of the screenplay, and the plan »
- Joey Paur
Singleton has closed a deal to rewrite, direct and produce the film about the iconic hip-hop artist, his rise to fame and his murder in 1996 in Las Vegas.
Singleton worked together with Shakur on "Poetic Justice" and has grown close with the Shakur family since the rapper’s death.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
In the two years since director John Singelton dropped out of the project, the long-developing biopic of Tupac Shakur has progressed no further. Both Singleton and his predecessor Antoine Fuqua reportedly moved on after failing to find the perfect actor to fill the Tupac's sneakers. But the film has clearly remained much on Singleton's mind, leading to this morning's news that he's now attached to direct, produce and write it once again.Tupac, as if you need telling, was a hip-hop superstar, with albums like Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me and The Don Killuminati all achieving multi-platinum status. He was also building an extremely credible acting career before his untimely death in a drive-by shooting in 1996. The murderer has never been officially identified (although Nick Broomfield's Biggie & Tupac posits some pretty credible theories) and the case remains unsolved.Singleton at the helm of the biopic »
Writer-director John Singleton defined urban drama with films like Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, and Higher Learning, but his reputation took a serious hit in 2011 with the major misfire Abduction. The Taylor Lautner-fronted thriller was a box office flop that was totally loathed by critics. Now, Singleton is looking to turn his flailing career around by helming the long in-development Tupac biopic. Variety reports Morgan Creek has signed up Singleton to produce, direct and rewrite the Untitled Tupac Shakur Biopic. The movie is expected to follow the rise of the rap star to fame, fortune and controversy. Then, it will conclude with his untimely murder at the age of 25. Speaking out about this opportunity, 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." Fans might recall »
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 »
After director Antoine Fuqua departed a biopic about the late rapper Tupac Shakur in 2011, a few months later there were rumblings that Boyz N the Hood and Poetic Justice director John Singleton would take on the project. It's been over two and a half years now, and we've yet to see the biopic move forward, but now it sounds like it's finally becoming a reality. Deadline has word that Singleton has officially signed on to re-write, produce and direct the film for Morgan Creek Films and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, who are co-financing the film, with an eye towards finally shooting this summer. But who will play Tupac Shakur? Well, it's hard to say what kind of star Singleton will go for, but since he worked with Shakur on his 1993 film with Poetic Justice, he should have a good sense as to who would be perfect for the role. The »
- Ethan Anderton
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
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