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John Singleton to helm the Tupac Shakur biopic

Feb. 12, 2014by: Niki Stephens

I do love me a good music biopic. I keep hearing about all these great musical biopics but only a small chunk of them have been pushed out. One we are hearing about again is for Tupac Shakur.

John Singleton, who directed Shakur in POETIC JUSTICE will be the one to helm his biopic. The director said this of the rapper/actor who passed away in 1996:

Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with. His passing deeply affected my life.. As well as countless people in this world His life story is as important to my generation.

Singleton has had a few decent flicks under his belt, having been someone who already had a past with Shakur, I think hes a stellar choice for the biopic. Former Death Row CEO Suge Knight and Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur will serve as producers. The director is starting rewrites on the script immediately, and is looking to begin production as early as this summer.

I wonder who they will sign to play Tupac. Anthony Mackie played him in 2009s NOTORIOUS. Any ideas?

Source: THR

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9:20PM on 02/14/2014
Shia Labeef could play him!

In all seriousness this movie is way overdue. As long as it isn't Will Smith, I'll be there to buy a ticket.
Shia Labeef could play him!

In all seriousness this movie is way overdue. As long as it isn't Will Smith, I'll be there to buy a ticket.
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5:00PM on 02/13/2014
Love Tupac, love old school John Singleton. Remaining optimistic on this for now.
Love Tupac, love old school John Singleton. Remaining optimistic on this for now.
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4:07AM on 02/13/2014
Just cast Tupac's hologram or splice together the hundreds of hours of documentary and film footage of the actual man.
Just cast Tupac's hologram or splice together the hundreds of hours of documentary and film footage of the actual man.
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1:39AM on 02/13/2014
Also...what the hell ever happened to F. Gary Gray's NWA biopic? I remember his tweets for casting calls on it a few years back. Haven't heard any news regarding anything about the film since...
Also...what the hell ever happened to F. Gary Gray's NWA biopic? I remember his tweets for casting calls on it a few years back. Haven't heard any news regarding anything about the film since...
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4:58PM on 02/13/2014
I heard Ice cube on the radio just the other day say that they had just recently finished the polished script. He also said that NWA as a whole has been there to critique it and they wouldnt approve unless all the pieces fit. And it has all just recently come to fruition. So your wish might just be granted in the near future...
I heard Ice cube on the radio just the other day say that they had just recently finished the polished script. He also said that NWA as a whole has been there to critique it and they wouldnt approve unless all the pieces fit. And it has all just recently come to fruition. So your wish might just be granted in the near future...
5:01PM on 02/13/2014
An NWA biopic would be sweet.
An NWA biopic would be sweet.
1:36AM on 02/13/2014
If this means Singleton is going back to his Boyz N' the Hood/Higher Learning roots, and actually goes back to his real effort and old school talent...well count me in.
If this means Singleton is going back to his Boyz N' the Hood/Higher Learning roots, and actually goes back to his real effort and old school talent...well count me in.
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10:16PM on 02/12/2014
Clearly Idris Elba.
Clearly Idris Elba.
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10:12PM on 02/12/2014

crazy if...

starring kendrick lamar as tupac shakur.
starring kendrick lamar as tupac shakur.
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9:46PM on 02/12/2014
Anthony mackie sucked as 2pac
Anthony mackie sucked as 2pac
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8:50PM on 02/12/2014
Nathan Fillion. Obviously.
Nathan Fillion. Obviously.
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8:05PM on 02/12/2014
Just find the most racist person you can and he'll fit the part to a T.
Just find the most racist person you can and he'll fit the part to a T.
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8:27PM on 02/12/2014
Ohhh in that case I nominate LordMiz!!!
Ohhh in that case I nominate LordMiz!!!
9:23PM on 02/14/2014
The fact you even wrote that shows us just how intelligent you are. Must be a republican.
The fact you even wrote that shows us just how intelligent you are. Must be a republican.
7:58PM on 02/12/2014
Seeing as how he had a personal relationship with Tupac, having directed him in Poetic Justice, it definitely gives me some hope. Let's just hope he digs down deep and kind of goes back to his roots a bit. The hardest part will be casting I think.
Seeing as how he had a personal relationship with Tupac, having directed him in Poetic Justice, it definitely gives me some hope. Let's just hope he digs down deep and kind of goes back to his roots a bit. The hardest part will be casting I think.
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7:57PM on 02/12/2014
I'll be the first to say it - Idris Elba. But more serious I'm thinking Michael B Jordan.... who the hell else are they gonna get to play him Samuel L. Jackson?
I'll be the first to say it - Idris Elba. But more serious I'm thinking Michael B Jordan.... who the hell else are they gonna get to play him Samuel L. Jackson?
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9:25PM on 02/14/2014
So you only know of 3 black actors? Seriously dude... Samuel L Jackson would rip you a new one like he did the news anchor if you said that to him.

WTF is wrong with you?!
So you only know of 3 black actors? Seriously dude... Samuel L Jackson would rip you a new one like he did the news anchor if you said that to him.

WTF is wrong with you?!
7:31PM on 02/12/2014
All biopics are basically the same. We don't need another. Unless it can be made like I'm Not There the Bob Dylan biopic which actually dated to do something a little different. Alas I expect nothing but normal from Singleton.
All biopics are basically the same. We don't need another. Unless it can be made like I'm Not There the Bob Dylan biopic which actually dated to do something a little different. Alas I expect nothing but normal from Singleton.
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1:44AM on 02/13/2014
Absolutely agree with you. It would actually be nice to see a multiple amount of black actors to portray him all at once. Insteadof finding someone who looks like him in order to make an ordinary dramatization.
Absolutely agree with you. It would actually be nice to see a multiple amount of black actors to portray him all at once. Insteadof finding someone who looks like him in order to make an ordinary dramatization.
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7:31PM on 02/12/2014
Singleton has been on a drought lately . Hopefully this film is a turnaround for him
Singleton has been on a drought lately . Hopefully this film is a turnaround for him
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