Less than a week after telling XXL that the Tupac biopic is on hold, director John Singleton has stepped away from the project all together. Carl Franklin, who has worked on projects such as Homeland and multiple HBO series, has replaced Singleton. The director made his announcement via an Instagram post claiming that the reason he is no longer involved in the film is “because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur.”
He went on to say:
I won’t say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling … To Pac’s real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac … It doesn’t matter what they do mines will be better… Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions … Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about… Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that’s why my ass isn’t involved ! If Tupac knew what was going on he’d ride on all these fools and take it to the streets… But I won’t do that … I’ll just make my own project. What Yall think about that?!!