According to a report, iconic director John Singleton has some words and thoughts about the project he decided to walk away from.
As excitement revolving around the unreleased biopic of Tupac Shakur “All Eyez on Me”, according to a story from HipHopDX, Singleton is not convinced about the direction of the movie will be a proper chronicle of the rap legend’s life.
John Singleton spoke to civil rights activists Deray Mckesson during last weekend’s ComplexCon at The Long Beach Convention Center about the project. Singleton 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.”
During the panel discussion about his time as a filmmaker, Singleton gave insight into his attachment to the Tupac biopic and why things fell through.
“I didn’t want to make it for many, many years,” he explained during the panel. “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.”
The Boyz n the Hood director wanted to ensure his big screen take on Pac was taken absolutely seriously.
“Serious, his soul wasn’t going to rest unless this film was done right,” Singleton said during the ComplexCon conversation. “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. He didn’t want that responsibility and was taken down by a lot of different forces that a lot of people really don’t know about.”