*John Singleton spoke to civil rights activist Deray Mckesson during last weekend’s ComplexCon at The Long Beach Convention Center about the unreleased biopic of Tupac Shakur “All Eyez on Me.” According to reports, the director is not convinced that the movie will be a proper chronicle of the rap legend’s life and career.
Singleton, who was once attached to helm the project, says that he has refused to watch trailers for the film, which finally found its director in Benny Boom. “I haven’t watched it and I refuse to watch it. I know that they f***ed it up so I’m not even trying to give it any attention.”
Singleton knew 2Pac personally and had a specific vision for the film which was not embraced by Hollywood. During the panel discussion, he offered insight into his involvement with the Tupac biopic and why things went south.
“I didn’t want to make it for many, many years,” he explained. “First of all, people wanted the story to be told, but I was so close to him. I was too close to tell the story of it. You have to remember, at first we had a working relationship and then a brotherhood.I saw other directors come on and something clicked in me saying I wanted to do it. I told the company if y’all m*********s want to do this, you gotta get the f*** out my face and let me do this movie.”
“Serious, his soul wasn’t going to rest unless this film was done right,” Singleton said during the panel. “It’s not about just some rapper. It’s about a dude who was raised to be a revolutionary. He may not have been the next Malcolm X, but he had the potential to be a great leader in this country.”
HipHopDX notes how Singleton started doing research for the biopic by talking to people who were around Pac during different phases of his life. He wanted these varying perspectives to be reflected in the film.
“They want to make the Tupac story that involves them and not THE Tupac story. I did a great script, and I thought they were going to go forward with it, but because I’m so mouthy and opinionated, some people don’t like to work with a black man in Hollywood who has an opinion. I knew they weren’t going to make a good movie at all and they didn’t.”
Read what else John Singleton had to say about why he left the biopic, click HERE.