Tupac Shakur biopic goes on indefinite hold

Director John Singleton says: ‘We’ve got to get it right’

The Tupac Shakur biopic which has the support of the late rapper’s family has gone on hold, after its director said the film wasn’t ready.

John Singleton, whose directing credits include Boyz In The Hood, said the film had a script, but that other elements weren’t yet ready.

Singleton told XXL: “We’re putting it on hold for right now. We’re trying to figure out some things. I’ve got the script, and I’ve got the blessings from Tupac’s family. I’m putting it on hold until it’s right. We’ve got to get it right.”

Shakur starred in Singleton’s 1993 film Poetic Justice as postal worker Lucky, with the movie becoming the basis for Kendrick Lamar’s song of the same name. Singleton said: “It’s not just that I worked with Pac, but we grew up in a similar environment. You can’t really understand Tupac unless you were born black in America. What he stood for is far beyond the music he made, it’s what he stood for as a black man in America.” He insisted he remains committed to getting the biopic made.

Shakur was killed aged 25 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. His killer has never been caught. The rapper’s life was also the basis of Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, which ran for just six weeks in 2014.