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John Singleton: ‘Producers Don’t Respect Tupac’

The production of the long-awaited Tupac biopic has been anything but smooth sailing. Director John Singleton is off the project and will be replaced by Carl Franklin.

At first, Singleton initially stated that his involvement in the project was “on hold,” but recently, the Boyz in the Hood director shared his side of what went down via Instagram.

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?!!

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Singleton’s comments didn’t end there.

“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 a** 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?!!”

With the recent news of Afeni Shakur allegedly being sued by Morgan Creek and Singleton working on his own film, one can only hope that the film is A. of good quality and B. not too delayed.