After the recent news of a new Tupac Shakur movie in the works has surfaced, director John Singleton walks away from the project with a blunt IG post…
Filmmaker John Singleton was nominated for the best director Oscar in 1992 for his first feature Boyz n the Hood, and became the youngest person and first African-American nominated in that category. His subsequent films include 2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft, and Four Brothers. His most recent endeavor is said to be a Tupac Shakur biopic, however there is apparently an issue with the production team assigned to the flick.
Now Singleton has taken to Instagram to explain why he’s no longer associated with his former comrade Tupac’s life story in a critical statement regarding Morgan Creek Productions:
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 Y’all think about that?!!”
Devoted Pac fans can appreciate Singleton’s dedication to “keepin it real” when creating a film based on the Tupac legacy, and his respect for the Pac estate. Carl Franklin, who directed Denzel Washington in 1995’s Devil in a Blue Dress, will replace Singleton as director. If indeed he does decide to make his own film the critics are most definitely at attention awaiting the final outcome.
All eyes on me!”