John Singleton Back as Director for Tupac Shakur Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

John Singleton Tupac Movie
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Will re-write, direct and produce

After falling off the project two years ago, all eyes are on John Singleton to return to Morgan Creek’s untitled Tupac Shakur biopic — a film he’s long wanted to make.

Singleton has closed a deal to rewrite, direct and produce the biopic about the iconic rapper, which would follow his rise to being one of the most popular hip-hop artists as well as his murder following a boxing match in 1996 in Las Vegas. Morgan Creek is co-financing the film with Emmett/Furla/Oasis.

“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.”

The next move is to find the actor to play Shakur. Singelton will soon dive into rewriting the script, with hopes of beginning production sometime this June.

Singleton had once been linked to the project, but the deal fell through and the film has been in limbo ever since. James G. Robinson and David Robinson, along with Program Pictures’ L.T. Hutton, are also producing the pic.

The film’s long history also includes a legal battle between Morgan Creek and Shakur’s mother, Afeni, over the rights that eventually led to a settlement and Afeni becoming an exec producer on the project. “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua attached himself after Singleton’s original flirtation, but bowed out after he couldn’t get the right script in place or find a lead (Morgan Creek tried an open casting, but that didn’t pan out).

Morgan Creek announced that the film was greenlit and would start filming this spring at the American Film Market in November.

Singleton looks to be an ideal choice to capture Shakur on film, due to the relationship the two shared after working together on “Poetic Justice.” He has grown close with the Shakur family since the rapper’s death.

Singleton is repped by WME, Underground and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.

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  1. Sasha says:

    Thank you

  2. Kcashad says:

    this dude has the look and the sound he should play Tupac

  3. Kcashad says:

    check out this Tupac audition I promise he is what yall looking for.

  4. Dre Foreman says:

    Exactly all pieces have to be right look attitude. And all

  5. Ginger says:

    I’ve always felt like the greatest hurdle to a Tupac biofilm is casting. Not only was he such a complicated and esoteric personality… but he’s also a unique looking guy. I don’t meet a lot of people who resemble him. And when we are talking about such a modern day figure, someone people actually still see on TV and in pictures almost everyday… I think audiences get distracted when the look isn’t right.

  6. LOL says:

    I heard either Alan or Albert Hughes say in an interview that Singleton and Tupac were gonna be the next Scorsese/ De Niro: that was the goal. The Hughes Bros. went on record to say that had Tupac lived then he’d have been as big a movie star as Denzel Washington. They may be right because Tupac was a seriously erudite kid, having read pretty much all of classic literature by his early twenties. Tupac was an intellectual moonlighting as a thug gangsta’. Tupac is an American legend. I miss him.

  7. Dre Foreman says:

    How will the audition process go….Hope it’s fair and not full of politics

  8. Talisha Harrison says:

    Reblogged this on La Virino Kiu Skribas.

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