John Singleton will not be watching the Tupac All Eyez On Me biopic whenever it drops. He isn’t afraid to tell you why either.
Singleton, who casted ‘Pac as the co-star for his film Poetic Justice, was supposed to direct the film when the idea first came into fruition. But after sensing that he wouldn’t be able to make the film that he felt his slain friend really deserved without Hollywood interference, he walked away from the project.
The train kept moving without him though, and acclaimed video director Benny Boom was brought on to direct the film. After releasing multiple trailers, the movie is still sitting in release purgatory with no release date in sight. In a panel conversation with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson at ComplexCon, Singleton let it be known that he hasn’t seen any of the trailers and doesn’t plan on watching any of them ever. Because he thinks he already knows how the movie will be without even seeing it yet.
According to HipHopDX, Singleton says, “I haven’t watched it and I refuse to watch it. I know that they f*cked it up so I’m not even trying to give it any attention.”
On the panel, Singleton also expressed:
“I didn’t want to make it for many, many years. First of all, people wanted the story to be told, but I was so close to him. I was too close to tell the story of it. You have to remember, at first we had a working relationship and then a brotherhood.I saw other directors come on and something clicked in me saying I wanted to do it. I told the company if y’all muthafuckas want to do this, you gotta get the fuck out my face and let me do this movie…his soul wasn’t going to rest unless this film was done right,” Singleton said during the Creative/Director conversation. “It’s not about just some rapper. It’s about a dude who was raised to be a revolutionary. He may not have been the next Malcolm X, but he had the potential to be a great leader in this country. He didn’t want that responsibility and was taken down by a lot of different forces that a lot of people really don’t know about…I did the research which was talking to everyone around him who lived it and selectively piecing together their memories and my memories cause everyone wants to make Pac who they wanted them to be,” he recalled. “They want to make the Tupac story that involves them and not the Tupac story. I did a great script and I thought they were going to go forward with it, but because I’m so mouthy and opinionated, some people don’t like to work with a black man in Hollywood who has an opinion. I knew they weren’t going to make a good movie at all and they didn’t.”
Granted, Singleton is always going to have a strong opinion about how ‘Pac should be portrayed. After all, he did actually work with him and get to know him. But, it’s obvious that he has stuck to his word and refused to watch any of the trailers. Because if he had, he surely would’ve changed his mind.
As for projects that Singleton will be supporting, his drama Straight Outta Heaven just got picked up by CW. The show will be about rapping angels. He also has two other shows coming to television. Rebel, which will be about a woman detective in Oakland and Snowfall, which will revolve around Los Angeles during the early stages of the crack epidemic.