L.T. Hutton On ‘All Eyez On Me’, John Singleton Quitting
Music and movie producer L.T. Hutton is known for working with top names like Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, B2K, and Ashanti. Along with his work in the music industry, Hutton owns movie company Program Pictures in conjunction with Morgan Creek Pictures. In a recent interview with theJasmineBRAND.com correspondent Malika Michelle at KDAY’s Krush Groove, Hutton discusses his latest project “All Eyez on Me” biopic which chronicles the rise and fall of Tupac Shakur, along with the controversy surrounding it.
The initial controversy surrounding the film and John Singleton no longer directing:
The controversial part of it; it was not controversial. The thing about it was, anybody who was self-servient could not work on this picture regardless of whose name it was or however big they thought they was. This movie is not about a director, it’s not about me and its not about the company, it’s about Tupac.
On the significance of the film:
This is a film made by a young black man in Hollywood defying all odds and making a film of quality for culture. This film not only affects us as young black people in America, but it affects America and how they see black filmmaking.
On what black men learn from seeing Tupac depicted on the big screen:
With his story, I felt the need to not only entertain but educate. You’re going to learn a lot of life lessons there are a lot of jewels that I put in there because it is a cautionary tale that this young man was shot down in his prime. Twenty five [years old] is not gangster [and] dying at twenty five [years old] is not gangster.
On the film was created:
I did this film in a trilogy. Who Tupac was, who he wanted to be, and who he had to be in order to survive the worlds.
Watch the full interview below.
The “All Eyez on Me” biopic opens on June 16, 2017, which would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday. See the teaser for the film below.