After a two-year delay, John Singleton is back at the helm of a Tupac Shakur biopic.
Variety first announced that the project has finally been green lighted; Singleton will rewrite, produce and direct the movie about the famed rapper, whose Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, opened by his mother Afeni, resides in Stone Mountain.
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton told Variety. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”
The director, who worked with Shakur on “Poetic Justice,” will now focus on casting the lead role with hopes of beginning production on the film in June.
Shakur’s musical legacy will receive a different spotlight this summer when Atlanta’s Kenny Leon brings “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” a musical using Shakur’s music as a storytelling device, to Broadway. Previews begin May 26 with a June 19 opening set for the Palace Theatre.