John Singleton has confirmed that he is no longer partnering with Morgan Creek Productions for their long awaited Tupac biopic. Singleton announced on Instagram that he is planning to produce his own film about the rapper’s life. His announcement reads:
“Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won’t say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling … To Pac’s real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac … It doesn’t matter what they do mine will be better… Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions … Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about…
Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that’s why my ass isn’t involved ! If Tupac knew what was going on he’d ride on all these fools and take it to the streets… But I won’t do that … I’ll just make my own project. What Yall think about that?!!”
Back in January, Collider reported that the highly anticipated biopic about the life of Tupac Shakur would begin production in June. According to reports, the production company Morgan Creek secured licensing rights to the slain rapper’s musical catalog after partnering with Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who will serve as an executive producer of the film. Unfortunately, it looks like production for the film is being postponed again. According to director John Singleton, there are still some things that need to be sorted out.
“Well, we’re putting it on hold for right now. I’m putting my involvement on hold right now because we’re trying to figure out some things,” Singleton told XXL. “I got a script and I got the blessings from his family. We’ll see. I’m putting it on hold until it’s right. We’ve got to get it right.”
Singleton then went on to explain that getting it right means some people are going to be offended by the movie.
“I think the picture is not going to be good unless it’s offensive to some people. So, whenever you make a movie, you always have different elements that people have their say about. But when I’m making my movies, John Singleton movies, it’s really just my voice. So I can’t be listening to all the other suggestions of all these other people and sh-t.”
“So we’re not going to pull the trigger on that until it’s right. If somebody else wants to do something different then they can do something different. But if it’s going to be right, it’s going to be right. It’s going to be something that potentially adorns ‘Pac’s legacy.”
It’s been speculated that Singleton has been replaced by Carl Franklin due to creative differences experienced with Morgan Creek Productions, which explains his comment about other people moving forward and doing “something different.” However, nothing has officially been confirmed. Hopefully they can sort this out.