After several years stuck in development hell due to legal battles, the eagerly awaited Tupac Shakur biopic is finally making strides towards the big screen. According to Variety, famed Oscar nominated director John Singleton (best known for Boyz n the Hood, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Four Brothers) will write, produce, and direct the still untitled film.
Singleton, who had previously been linked to the project before dropping out, has worked with Shakur in the past. Their only collaboration, Poetic Justice, became a cult classic and showcased the diversity of Shakur's talent. "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." A close friend of the late rapper, Singleton's involvement should bring enthusiasm from fans of the rapper as well as his mother, Afeni Shakur. Previous disputes and legal battles between Afeni Shakur and Morgan Creek regarding the film are the main reasons for the long delay in completion of the project.
The biopic, which will focus on the rapper's fast paced rise to superstardom until his death in 1996, will begin work immediately. Singleton is said to be rewriting the screenplay with hopes to start production in the summer. Although it is still unclear who will play Shakur in the film, the involvement of Singleton should entice audiences to remain interested.
Besides the upcoming biopic, fans can remain on the lookout for new music fromTupac as a mixtape and single were recently announced by the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation last November.