John Singleton On Tupac Biopic: They f*cked it up!
I haven’t watched it, and I refuse to watch itI know that they f**ked it up, so I’m not even trying to give it attention. I didn’t want to make [the film] for many, many years. First of all, people wanted the story to be told, but I was so close to him. I was too close to tell the story of it. I saw other directors come on and something clicked in me saying I wanted to do it. I told the company if y’all m****af**kas want to do this, you gotta get the f**k out my face and let me do this movie.
Serious, his soul wasn’t going to rest unless this film was done right. It’s not about just some rapper. It’s about a dude who was raised to be a revolutionary. He may not have been the next Malcolm X, but he had the potential to be a great leader in this country. They want to make the Tupac story that involves them and not THE Tupac story. I did a great script, and I thought they were going to go forward with it, but because I’m so mouthy and opinionated, some people don’t like to work with a black man in Hollywood who has an opinion. I knew they weren’t going to make a good movie at all and they didn’t.
In September, we shared the first look at All Eyez on Me. The teaser was released on the anniversary of the late rapper’s death. The film is directed by Benny Boom and written by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft. It stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac and co-stars Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Jamie Hector and Annie Ilonzeh. Principal photography began in mid-December 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The film will focus on the career of Tupac Shakur all the way to the fatal drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Check out the teaser below.
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An official release date has not been shared.