The long-delayed biopic chronicling the life and death of slain hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur is on again – and a familiar face has returned to shepherd the project through production.
Variety reports that John Singleton has agreed to rewrite, direct and produce the film for Morgan Creek. This comes after Singleton’s original deal with Morgan Creek fell apart, placing the planned biopic in development hell for the past few years.
Singleton replaces Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, who bowed out after he couldn’t find the right script or lead actor to make the film work. The title also endured a legal battle between Shakur’s mother and Morgan Creek – which was eventually settled. Afeni Shakur will serve as an executive producer on the feature.
The hiring makes sense on a number of levels. Singleton and Tupac were close – they collaborated on the director’s film Poetic Justice and Singleton had plans to make a multitude of movies with the late performer.
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with. His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”
Given that Singleton also has a very close relationship with Shakur’s mother and family, this should theoretically settle any lingering tensions there as well.
Singleton is hard at work on the script rewrite with eyes toward a June shooting date. No word yet on who he might select as his lead actor.
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