John Singleton: ‘Tupac Shakur Biopic is on Hold’

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Director John Singleton has put the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic on an indefinite hold. “I’m putting my involvement on hold right now because we’re trying to figure out some things. I got a script and I got the blessings from his family,” the filmmaker told XXL magazine. He added,”We’ll see [what happens from here]. We’ve got to get it right.” The Shakur biopic was scheduled to go into production in June.

Singleton stated it is a little intimidating trying to recount the life of a legend such as Tupac Shakur. “You just want to get it right. So we’re not going to pull the trigger on that until it’s right. It’s going to be something that potentially adorns Pac’s legacy,” the director reiterated. Singleton did reveal he does have a few people in mind in regards to the casting choices, although he wouldn’t state who he has in mind.

Tupac Shakur‘s estate is now being run by Jeff Jampol and Tom Whalley. Jampol was brought in by Afeni Shakur (Tupac’s mother) in 2013, and Jampol called on Whalley in order for the two of them to handle the rapper’s business affairs. Whalley signed Shakur to Interscope Records back in 1991. Jampol and Whalley’s partnership will cement Shakur’s legacy through music and film licensing, apparel, and media ventures.

The rapper’s voice appears in a commercial starring NBA MVP Derrick Rose, and Jampol stated Shakur’s works will be featured a lot this year. The Grammy Museum opened its exhibit named All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur in February. John Singleton was one of the panel members at the opening of the exhibit, and when he was asked about the Shakur biopic he stated that the film has to be just as “bold” as the rapper. “Tupac’s soul would come back and haunt my ass if it wasn’t done right,” Singleton said.

Jampol and Whalley’s goal of cementing Shakur’s legacy includes a Tupac Shakur biography, and the release of the rapper’s music. After Shakur was murdered in 1996, seven Shakur albums were released including Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, R U Still Down? (Remember Me), Until the End of Time, Better Dayz, Loyal to the Game, Pac’s Life, and Still I Rise (with the Outlawz). Jampol stated that even with the release of seven projects, there is still a ton of Tupac Shakur music remaining.

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