Years after it was first announced and developed, a biopic of late rapper Tupac Shakur finally made some headway last fall, when a new production team and financing were secured. Now, the long-gestating project has secured a director: John Singleton.
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The Oscar nominated filmmaker (for 1991's "Boyz n the Hood"), who once directed Shakur in 1993's "Poetic Justice," has signed on to direct, rewrite, and produce the as-yet-untitled biopic. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Singleton will start working on the script immediately, and hopes to begin filming this summer.
Shakur was only 25 when he was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996, cutting short a vibrant recording career. The biopic, which is set to be produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, will have rights to his full musical catalog. According to The Dissolve, Afeni Shakur is "a former Black Panther with an interest in making a movie that dwells as much on her son's artistic/political upbringing as on his violent death."
A 2011 effort to make the movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua, was the latest iteration of the project to fall through. Singleton had been attached to helm a Tupac biopic since as early as 2005, and as recently as two years ago, but the project never materialized until now.
"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."