John Singleton in talks to direct Tupac Shakur biopic

Movie by Jim Napier

John Singleton is currenlty in talks to direct a biopic about Tupac Shakur for Morgan Creek and Universal. Singleton directed the rapper-actor in Poetic Justice almost twenty years ago. Training Day's Antoine Fuqua has been in the directors chair, but has now dropped out of the project, according to Vulture. Despite a nationwide talent search for the role of Shakur, Fuqua could not find an actor he approved of. Oscar-nominated screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson (Ali, Nixon) penned the script for the biopic, and a recent draft was done by Brian Tucker.

Fuqua has now moved on and ils attacched to odirect Relativity Media’s Hunter Killer, a thriller about an American submariner and a Navy SEAL team who must work together to rescue the Russian president during a military coup d'état. (Vulture also hears exclusively that Relativity is in talks with Sam Worthington to star in that production.)

Singleton has been in talks to direct the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton at New Line Cinema. Sources close to New Line have said that Singleton is instead taking the Tupac gig after the studio said it wanted to see Craig Brewer fares with his update of Footloose, which opens this weekend. My guess is that Footloose will flop as bas as Singleton's Abduction did at the box office.

Singleton would be a great director for both Straight Outta Compton and the Tupac biopic. What are your thoughts?

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