Morgan Creek and Universal Pictures are reportedly searching for a director for a biopic based on the life of Tupac Shakur … and John Singleton is up for the job.
According to Variety, Singleton (who worked with Tupac in the 1993, “Poetic Justce”) is in negotiations to direct a film, after Antoine Fuqua (known for “Training Day”) backed out of the project following a failed attempt to find an actor he felt was suitable for the role of the late hip-hop icon.
The film’s producers even launched a nationwide talent search early this year to accept auditions for the role to no avail.
Singleton has been rumored to be in the running to direct an N.W.A. biopic, titled “Straight Outta Compton” at New Line Cinema, but insiders tell Variety that he’s taking the Tupac gig instead, because the studio wants to see how Craig Brewer fares with his 2011 “Footloose,” which opens this weekend, before making a decision.
Singleton was close friends with Tupac, working with him as the director on “Poetic Justice.” He even reportedly wrote the screenplay for “Baby Boy,” which starred Tyrese, with ‘Pac in mind as the lead. Obviously, the rapper was killed before he could land the role.
Obviously, the Pac biopic has yet to start production.