Two years ago director John Singleton was attached to direct a biopic about Tupac Shakur. However he then stepped away from the movie. Now though he’s back, as Variety reports that has finalised a deal to direct the currently untitled movie, which was formerly known as Tupac.
It’s also been revealed that the Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious filmmaker will produce and re-write the script, which has been previously been worked on by Steven Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson.
Producers are now focusing their efforts on finding the right actor to play Tupac. They need to get someone relatively soon, as they hope to start shooting as early as this June. The film will chart the rapper’s rise to success, as well as his murder in 1996, after a Las Vegas boxing match, which still has not been solved.
The idea of a Tupac biopic has had a long and a tumultuous history. That has included a legal battle between Morgan Creek Productions and the rapper’s mother Afeni Shakur over his life rights. The case was eventually settled, with Afeni Shakur now serving as executive producer.