Wednesday, February 12, 2014

John Singleton to Direct Tupac Shakur Biopic

According THR, John Singleton has signed on to rewrite, direct, and produce an untitled biopic of the late rapper/actor Tupac Shakur.  With Singleton's involvement, the long-stalled project gets a second life.  Morgan Creek is financing in collaboration Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. He will begin working on a draft of the screenplay immediately, with an eye toward a summer start date. With Singleton's involvement, the long-stalled project is getting a second life.  Singleton had firsthand experience with Shakur, who was killed 18 years ago. Shakur starred in Singleton's Poetic Justice opposite Janet Jackson.  "Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," Singleton said. "His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation."  Singleton's directing credits include 2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft and Four Brothers. He also produced and co-financed Hustle & Flow. On the untitled Tupac Shakur film, he is producing alongside Morgan Creek's David Robinson, LT Hutton, Suge Knight and Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur.

Sidebar: Looking forward to seeing this.

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