John Singleton in Talks to Direct Tupac Biopic

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After developing the film for quite some time, it looks like Antoine Fuqua is finally off the Tupac biopic. Apparently the director had trouble finding his star, even after a nationwide talent search, so he’s moved on to the action submarine thriller Hunter Killer. Vulture reports that in Fuqua’s wake, John Singleton is in talks to take over the director’s chair. Singleton actually has some personal connection to the material, as he directed Tupac Shakur in his 1993 film Poetic Justice. The director had also been in the running to direct the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, but New Line was also considering Footloose director Craig Brewer for that gig, so it makes sense to go ahead and take the project that he’s being offered straight up.

The Tupac biopic was written by Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali), with Brian Tucker handing in the most recent draft. Singleton is coming off of the less-than-stellar performance of the Taylor Lautner action pic Abduction.




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  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    Awesome! It was meant to be!

  • Dedpool

    Really can’t think of anyone better for this.

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      I agree. That was the feeling/thought that first entered my mind.

      While I do like a film or two by Antoine Fuqua, I thought, “Well, he’ll do an OK job with this. Solid, but nothing special.”

      But given Singleton’s track record, and that he is in need of a good rebound project (given his more recent output), he could very well be the best choice. And he also knew and worked personally with Tupac.

      I really hope this time this project gets off the ground and running. There’s been talk of a Tupac biopic for 15 years now, and nothing worked.

      If they’re still having trouble getting an actor, they need to cast Columbus Short. He may not look like Tupac per se, but I can see him capturing what made Tupac tick.

      Anyone who needs convincing should see him playing Little Walter in the movie Cadillac Records.

  • !_!

    suge knight knows who killed tupac but doesnt want to snitch.

    • I cry u smile

      Well it’s not cool for a ghetto gangster to snitch on a killer, it’s alot better to just have the killer run free so he can kill some more…

  • nupac

    Tell john to check this out. http://youtu.be/QaVuyMiHwL8

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