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Tupac Shakur Biopic To Be Directed By John Singleton

    February 14, 2014
    Val Powell
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No, it wasn’t just a rumor: there really will be a biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur. What makes it more real now is that it finally has a producer by the name of John Singleton, who is best known for his directorial debut “Boyz N The Hood,” released in 1991. Singleton will not only produce, but rewrite and direct the biopic as well.

Tupac Shakur died in 1996 at the age of 25. He was fatally wounded during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, reportedly due to an earlier altercation between him and another crew. The brawl, captured on CCTV, showed Shakur and several other men from Death Row Records assaulting Orlando ‘Baby Lane’ Anderson at the lobby of the MGM Grand. Anderson and his crew were said to have robbed one of the members of the Death Row entourage at a store, and so Shakur and his crew acted in revenge. Later that night after leaving a club, Shakur was shot while driving his car. He died six days later. The murder remains unsolved.

Tupac Shakur is known for his outspoken personality and controversial lyrics, and it will likely be a challenge to capture his spirit on film. The biopic is expected to show Shakur’s rise not only as a rapper but also as an actor. In 1993, he starred in “Poetic Justice,” a romantic movie, alongside Janet Jackson. Singleton directed the film, which was created around the work of writer Maya Angelou. This makes Singleton a good primary source of reference for what Shakur was like as an actor, and who Tupac was behind the scenes.

Singleton was actually involved in the project when it was being conceptualized. Unfortunately, the deal didn’t push through, and there had been other factors that stalled the project. Now, with Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett Furla Oasis Films on board, the biopic is definitely a go. Singleton will first work on the screenplay, with production slated for this summer.

Image via Tupac Shakur,Twitter


  • T Jonez

    looking forward to this.

  • Bob

    welp this is disappointing

    • Azhane D.

      @Bob….what the heck are you disappointed about?!

  • Johnny

    no one cares about toothpic except wanna bees and homies. piece of crap, about his poor childhood and he turned to crack, music and basketball……..boring

    • Guru

      You obviously know nothing about anything. Is it True what they say Ignorance is Bliss?

    • Rafy

      Fuck you, you redneck

    • Danny

      No one cares ha? Shows how little you know @Johnny. Turned to basketball? I think you’re mistaking real life with the movie Above the Rim. It’s sad that there are people like you so narrow minded that they avoid diversity and live in their little bubble. But to enlighten you Tupac is probably the best rapper to ever live and was a pretty damn good actor too. It’s unfortunate he couldnt escape negativity and embrace love like a Bob Marley but to say nobody cares makes your comment completely irrelevant.

    • Nena

      He never turned t crack you idiot

    • Truth

      I think he’s confusing Master P and Tupac… Master P did try to play ball for a while.

    • Azhane D.

      Listen here Johnny Boy! You need to read and learn something.

  • Mike Reno

    John Singleton is the only logical choice for the Pac biopic. They were suppose to be the black Scorsee and Deniro. It was their relationship that lead to Pac’s attack on the Hughes Brothers

  • Danny

    I agree that it’s going to be hard to capture the spirit of Tupac on film. He was such a fiery guy but also very sensitive and artistic. An actor would have to become Tupac sort of like Heath Ledger did the Joker and the opposite of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. But it’s worth a try and Singleton is the right choice. 1996 was a tough year as was the beginning of 1997. Tupac and Bradley Nowell of Sublime both died in 1996 followed shortly after by Notorious BIG. Similar to the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Richie Valens that had Don MaClean write American Pie similar can be said about that period. It’s the time that rap died. Biggie and Tupac are easily without a doubt the greatest rappers to ever walk the planet.

  • Non Conformist

    0:21 That is NOT John Singleton.

  • oJAYkilLA

    I just hope they don’t depict Pac as a Gangster Rap artist and show his Political side. 2PAC was the only Rap artist who actually cared about the youth and went against the government. He was a Revolutionary in my eyes before a musician. I hated the way they portrayed him in the Notorious movie. PAC was Political

  • Sara James

    Starring Lil Kim as Tupac.