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John Singleton May Now Direct "Tupac" Biopic

by Vanessa Martinez
October 12, 2011 3:05 AM
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After all the reports about Antoine Fuqua's Tupac Shakur biopic being dead in the water, now comes an exclusive story from NYMag; saying it looks like Fuqua is definitely out of the project and John Singleton, who directed Tupac in 1993's Poetic Justice, is in talks to resurrect and direct the late rapper's biopic.

Fuqua, who after a nationwide talent search did not find a suitable candidate to protray Pac on the big screen, has now moved on to other projects; the latest one being the Relativity Media submarine thriller Hunter Killer. Singleton, whose latest action thriller Abduction was received poorly by critics and audiences alike, we last announced to reunite Tyrese (according to his tweet) and Taraji P. Henson in an upcoming film.

The Tupac script is penned by Oscar-nominated screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali, Nixon), however, according to the report, Brian Tucker wrote the most recent draft. Tucker also wrote the neo-noir script for the Allen Hughes directed Broken City shooting next month.

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  • Dave | October 13, 2011 4:18 AMReply

    A bad director, he peaked over 15 years ago.

    And people asking for his mothers involvement in the biopic, that's a disaster aswell. I want a film about Pac, warts and all. Not a watered down version his mother will want to show.

    Look what happened when someones mother had creative involvement in a film, we got the disaster that was notorious. Watered down B-Movie drival.

    Singleton isn't up for the task. The reason why poetic justice was good, was because Tupacs acting saved it. It still had the feel of a B-Movie and that's singletons fault.

    His latest effort abduction, had millions of dollars thrown at it and yet it still felt cheap, and the production was laughable. This guy should not be working on a Tupac project. You have one chance to make a big blockbuster film like this on Pacs life, don't fuck it up.

  • AccidentalVisitor | October 12, 2011 12:22 PMReply

    Let me guess....Tyrese as Tupac.

  • Cherish | October 12, 2011 9:16 AMReply

    No problemo. :-)

    Please, not another "Notorious." These stories have so much potential, can be really good in the right hands.

  • CareyCarey | October 12, 2011 8:53 AMReply

    Okay Cherish, I just thought I'd keep you on your toes. :-)

    But I am in total agree with Mecca on this-----> "I’m not too sure about the white screenwriters telling a story about Pac’s life. I hope his mother is involved in the process of this biopic"

    That has failure written all over it. Forget about it. A white guy writing the screenplay and John "most of the time corny" Singleton as the director, smells like a gumbo of doo-doo.

    If this comes off, I see another Nortorious. Yep, campy, way over the top with poor actors. Spare me.

  • Cherish | October 12, 2011 8:41 AMReply

    Hey CareyCarey,

    Don't take my card yet.. I'm not back-tracking.

    Go back to that Singleton post. I expanded on my issues with Singleton movies. Yes, I said he is corny, but he can make good movies once in a while. When his movies are good, they are great. When they are bad, ugh. Cornyville, USA.

    That's his problem - Inconsistency.

  • Neziah | October 12, 2011 7:56 AMReply

    It's not completely his fault that "Abduction" was crap, he had a terrible script and a laughable "actor" to work with. I'm glad he's finally directing something in his line of work again.

  • Mecca | October 12, 2011 6:32 AMReply

    Congrats to John Singleton. He should of been picked from the beginning!

    I'm not too sure about the white screenwriters telling a story about Pac's life. I hope his mother is involved in the process of this biopic.

  • CareyCarey | October 12, 2011 5:28 AMReply

    UT OH Cherish, I gotta ask to see your hold card.

    Whatever happened to Johnny "jimmy crack corn" Singleton"? Did you lose that black man on the way to your favorite great movies? *snicker*

  • Cherish | October 12, 2011 4:10 AMReply

    It's good to know that John Singleton isn't being penalized for the box office failure of Abduction and is being given other opportunities.

    White directors make bombs all the time, and still continue to work. Just glad that a Black man (and one who is very talented and can make a great movie) is given the same chance.

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