Carl Franklin to Direct ‘Tupac’ Movie, Replacing John Singleton

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“Devil in a Blue Dress” director Carl Franklin has replaced John Singleton as director of Morgan Creek’s “Tupac,” the long-in-development biopic about rapper Tupac Shakur, with casting under way.

Shooting is planned to begin in August or September, according to Morgan Creek spokesman Greg Mielcarz. Singleton left the project over creative differences several months ago, Mielcarz told Variety.

For his part, Singleton said on his Instagram account this week, “The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur.”

Singleton had fallen off the project in 2012 and come back on in 2014.

“Tupac,” written by Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez, will follow the rise of one of the most popular hip-hop artists and his 1996 murder following a boxing match in Las Vegas.

Franklin’s directing credits include episodes of “The Newsroom,” “House of Cards,” “Homeland” and “The Affair.”

Mielcarz said Wednesday there are no legal issues with the film. Morgan Creek sued Shakur’s mother, Afeni, in 2009 after she demanded approval over the direction of the project. The parties reached a settlement over the rights in 2011, which provided that she become an executive producer on “Tupac.”

Franklin is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content. Haft and Gonzalez are repped by Luber Roklin and Summitt Talent & Literary Agency.

The news about Franklin was first reported by Showbiz 411.

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  1. IAmWhoIAm says:

    John Singleton is an amazing producer, director, etc… He is the best & only option of telling Tupac’s life story! No one else can do this movie justice…PLEASE TAKE OVER THE PROJECT JOHN or find a way to get it stopped because I don’t feel they will be true to his character and legacy!! #IMFORJOHNSINGLETON

  2. Every movie is about money–commerce. Only Woody Allen (and the late Robert Altman) made the movie they wanted to make and then let marketing figure out how to sell it. It’s the difference between an auteur and a journeyman. Carl Franklin is an excellent filmmaker. Let’s hope for the best.

  3. L says:

    Why would I a super fan of tupac music and a true believer of his poetry, and his believes of in justice among the people. Why I watch something as this movie no being made by John singleton a talented and highly respected visionary. Anyone else is a piece of s***. I don’t want to watch this piece of s*** movie. If it comes out wrong I hope you don’t get mad when your a** is put out the there so the real credits his fan want blood.

  4. Jo says:

    I’m guess with N.W.A biopic coming out Morgan Creek will want to put this Tupac film out as quickly as possible to cash in on the trend. I refuse to go and see it as I know they will tarnish Tupac’s Legacy. As for his mother she should be ashamed to take part in any of this. Its all about the dollars.

  5. Malou says:

    The writers of this script (Haft & Gonzales) did an epic job bringing this story to life. The script is pretty hard to get a hold of, but I highly recommend it. Hopefully Carl does it justice……..

  6. Mike says:

    Open Road is now begging for a commercial hit. Singleton’s “true story” wasn’t enough for them so they hire someone that’ll listen to notes on making it more commercial than factual. I’ll wait for Singleton’s version.

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