It has been in the works for some time and it looks like that time is about to get a bit longer.
Director John Singleton says the upcoming biopic about legendary rapper Tupac Shakur is on hold for the moment, the comments coming at a time in which it has been rumored Singleton may be departing the project with Carl Franklin (“Out of Time,” “Devil in a Blue Dress”) taking his place.
First up, Singleton told XXL Mag late last week:
“Well, we’re putting it on hold for right now. I’m putting my involvement on hold right now because we’re trying to figure out some things. I got a script and I got the blessings from his family. We’ll see. I’m putting it on hold until it’s right. We’ve got to get it right.”
Then today, Showbiz 411 claims that Singleton is off the project and Franklin is now attached to direct. This marks the latest change of director as Antoine Fuqua was originally slated to shoot the film back in 2011.
That version fell apart. Singleton signed on, dropped out, then returned to the project which seemed to pick up steam again last year. Things seem to have taken a few steps back though as a new casting call has reportedly gone out for the lead role.