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John Singleton Steps Down From Tupac Biopic

“Tupac was much more than a hip-hop artist; he was a black man guided by his passions.”

April 09, 2015

Creative differences have bested John Singleton's efforts to direct an upcoming biographical film on Tupac Shakur. The director took to Instagram to make the announcement, sharing a screencap announcing Carl Franklin (Out of Time, Homeland, House of Cards) would take lead on the project. Read his statement below, where he indicts the film's producers and references a Hollywood Reporter interview where he's voiced similar frustrations about challenges in storytelling for Black directors. Afeni Shakur, mother of the late artist, is still credited as executive producer.

Photo: Getty Images/Robyn Beck

John Singleton Steps Down From Tupac Biopic