John Singleton set to start shooting Tupac biopic this summer

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This 1993 file photo originally provided by Columbia Pictures shows rap musician Tupac Shakur is shown in a scene from, "Poetic Justice." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, file)

A biopic about the rough-and-tumble life of rapper/philosopher/activist Tupac Shakur has been in the works in some form since he was murdered back in 1996. Last we heard, director Antoine Fuqua had just dropped off the project—now, though, it looks like the whole thing is back on.

Boys n the Hood director/writer John Singleton will take over Fuqua’s abdicated director’s chair, along with writing and producing duties. The film, of course, will follow Shakur’s rise from street thug to hip-hop master, along with the 1996 Las Vegas murder that cut his life short alongside the Notorious BIG. 

“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton told Variety. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”

No lead is attached yet, but Singleton hopes to start shooting this June following script rewrites. For Singleton, who was attached to the project shortly before it fell into development hell, just starting must be a release.

Shakur and Singleton also established a relationship prior to the rapper’s death through the 1993 drama, Poetic Justice. Following Tupac’s death three years after the film, Singleton became close to the Shakur family and remains so today. Which, of course, is to say that Singleton may well be the perfect choice for this one.