Benny Boom Disappointed In John Singleton
Benny Boom is disappointed in how John Singleton has publicly criticized the upcoming Tupac Movie, All Eyez On Me. As previously reported, Singleton left the project in April 2015, deciding to no longer to direct the project. At the time, he was quoted as saying “the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy”. The legendary director has since made other negative comments about the movie. Responding to this, Boom (who ultimately directed the project) says,
I know John, and this is the first time I’m speaking about it publicly. But I feel like we have brothers who you think are supposed to support, and they don’t support. The community we have of directors of color is very small. I’m not saying you’re supposed to go out and cheerlead for everybody. But there needs to be support. And support sometimes just means not saying anything. I would never take shots at my brother. I’m not gonna do that because I know how detrimental it is, especially to someone who laid the groundwork and opened up doors. I respect John for that. John was nominated for an Academy Award as director, for screenplay and director. Brother [Barry] Jenkins won Best Picture, but we still don’t have the Best Director win.
I just felt disappointed about the rhetoric. I understand he’s disappointed in the process. But Tupac was not happy with every single person he came in contact with by the end of his life, and we know this. The Hughes brothers, John. There’s several people out there who he spoke openly about not being friends with. This project is happening the way that Pac wants it to happen, and there’s nothing that’s gonna stop it. At the end of the day, what God has for you, can’t nobody take away from you. So John has to understand that God did not line this project up for him. That’s it. And if he was to understand that, then he would stop talking about it. We’ve talked on the phone and communicated about it. I’ve expressed my disappointment, and that’s all I can do. At the end of the day, I got a movie coming out June 16, and that’s what I need to be focused on.
All Eyez on Me stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac and co-stars Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper and Danai Gurira. The film is scheduled to be released in the US on June 16, 2017, on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday. Check out the trailer below.