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.