A documentary about fallen hip-hop soldier Tupac Shakur has been in the works for decades, and for a long while, director John Singleton (Boyz N Tha Hood, Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious) was attached. However, due to his feeling that “the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur,” and an uphill battle with the producers who were suing Pac’s family for the rights to his story, Singleton left the project and director Carl Franklin has hopped on board.
Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won’t say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling … To Pac’s real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac … It doesn’t matter what they do mines will be better… Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions … Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about… Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that’s why my ass isn’t involved ! If Tupac knew what was going on he’d ride on all these fools and take it to the streets… But I won’t do that … I’ll just make my own project. What Yall think about that?!!
Even though Franklin’s directing this Tupac flick and Singleton’s made it clear that he’s still making one, here are five directors I think should be taking over this (more or less) family-approved Tupac biopic.
Ernest R. Dickerson
Who better to direct a movie about Tupac than a director who’s actually worked with Tupac? (Juice).
At his most comprehensive and uncompromising (Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing, Clockers), Spike’s perspective would be enough to open up some minds about Tupac’s life.
The Selma director got her start in filmmaking with hip-hop documentaries like This Is The Life and has deep ties to the Los Angeles hip-hop community, so hearing about Pac from her would be a change of pace for the better.
F. Gary Gary
He’s already tackling N.W.A. with this summer’s Straight Outta Compton, and if that turns out well, what’s stopping him from making another West Coast hip-hop biopic?
After the release of Beyond The Lights last year, Prince-Bythewood proved that she has poignant things to say about the music industry.