John Singleton recently claimed that his Tupac project was “on hold,” but it was announced today that he has been replaced by Carl Franklin. Singleton signed on to Morgan Creek’s untitled biopic in 2014 and planned to rewrite the script as well as produce and direct the film.
Singleton directed Tupac in 1993’s Poetic Justice and remained close with the late rapper’s family following his death in 1996. He’s also been involved with a number of seminal films including Baby Boy, Higher Learning, Four Brothers, and Boyz N The Hood. Basically, he has a reputation for telling stories right, so his exit is not a good sign, but what he had to say about why he left is even worse. Singleton screen-capped a headline announcing that Franklin would replace him and wrote a fairly lengthy diatribe condemning those involved with the film:
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 [sic] 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?!!
Recently, Singleton was involved with the highly successful TV show Empire. Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is still currently an executive producer for Morgan Creek’s planned production.
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