John Singleton has stepped down as director from the upcoming Tupac biopic.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Singleton, who previously worked with Tupac on ‘Poetic Justice’, said his exit was due to the producers lack of respect of Tupac’s legacy.
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?!!
“Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions,” said Singleton. “Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about…”
Singleton expressed he was still planning on making a biopic about the West Coast rapper.
He originally signed on to direct the project last February.
Filming on the project is currently slated to begin in August or September. No release date has been set yet.