Gerrick D. Kennedy of The Los Angeles Times is reporting that John Singleton will direct a biopic on legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Singleton worked with Shakur on his sophomore directorial effort, Poetic Justice, featuring Janet Jackson and Regina King. Kennedy reports that Singleton has signed on to rewrite, direct and produce the biopic which has gone through several development machinations. Singleton was linked to the project years ago but the deal fell through and the project stalled.
“Morgan Creek Productions announced it had teamed with Emmett Furla Oasis Films to co-finance and co-produce the film. At the time producers were working with a script, and expecting a new draft before production was supposed to begin this month.
Singleton will soon begin reworking the script, with hopes of beginning production in June, according to the Variety report.
In 2011, Morgan Creek was developing the project, once known as “Tupac,” with Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) attached to direct, and launched an unsuccessful online casting call to find a lead to fill the shoes of the polarizing, often-embattled rapper.
The film is expected to chronicle Shakur’s prolific rise as a rapper and actor, his infamous legal troubles, his time at Death Row Records and, of course, his killing, which came at the height of the bitter East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry.
His slaying, like that of peer Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.), remains unsolved — although theories about who gunned down the two are among hip-hop’s eeriest mythology.”