Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) is stepping in to replace John Singleton as director for Morgan Creek’s Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac, EW confirmed.
In an Instagram post, Singleton said “the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur” before saying “I’ll just make my own project.”
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 mines 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?!!
Tupac is penned by Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez. The plot will center around the rapper as he becomes one of the most popular hip-hop artists of all time and his 1996 murder after a boxing match in Las Vegas.
Morgan Creek spokesman Greg Mielcarz told Variety shooting will start in August or September. Mielcarz also said that Singleton, who had previously left the project in 2012 and came back in 2014, left the film again several months ago.