The long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic is getting pushed back until further notice. Speaking with XXL, director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice) said “I’m putting my involvement on hold right now…I got a script and I got the blessings from his family. We’ll see…we’ve got to get it right.”
True words, Mr. Singleton. We (you) do have to get it right, but we also don’t want to see this thing disappear into a black hole of Hollywood politics. The film has been a site of contention since the beginning. Things seemed to be on the right track when Pac’s mom got on board, and they even had plans to start filming this summer. But here we are.
Singleton is probably the right director—he had a personal relationship with Shakur, and directed him in 1993’s Poetic Justice. But no one has been tapped to play the man himself (Anthony Mackie? Omar Epps? Michael B. Jordan?), and there’s obviously a lot of work still to be done. For now, though: