The entertainment world was advised in 2013 that a Tupac Shakur film was going to be in the making very soon. John Singleton was on board to bring the real story of Pac’s life to theaters. (Lord knows I can’t take another Lifetime biopic.) Unfortunately, John Singleton has announced that he is no longer doing the film.
Morgan Creek Productions has replaced John with Carl Franklin to move forward with the biopic. According to Singleton, he doesn’t want anything to do with the film because the people behind it do not respect Pac’s legacy.
John took to his Instagram to explain what happened.
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?!!
How you gonna sue Afeni Shakur to be able to tell your version of Pac’s life? That’s absolutely absurd. I can definitely understand Singleton’s actions because he and Pac were truly friends.
Well it looks like us Pac fans may get 2 movies about his life. Hopefully it will really portray who he was overall. Who would play Pac is what I want to know. He had a distinct look and sound, so the actor has to come with both. All the actors who have played him thus far did him no justice in my opinion.