After working with Tupac Shakur on Poetic Justice in 1993, John Singleton knows a thing or two about the man himself and how his legacy is being portrayed all these years after his death. It was just announced that he pulled out of directing the official biopic. Although it wasn’t exactly clear as to why, Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) was quickly named the successor to replace Singleton.
The legendary director of hits like Boyz n the Hood, EMPIRE on FOX, and Higher Learning, took it to Instagram to clear up a few things and why he has decided to produce his own 2pac film aside from the one already scheduled for release.
In the post, he says the people involved don’t respect the Tupac legacy and his influence on the culture and don’t want to portray him as more than just a hip-hop artist. He says people suing his mother for rights to the movie can’t be a voice for the late rapper and poet and he will proceed to make a better film than they ever could.
Check out his full post on Instagram below.
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?!!