John Singleton is taking his time with a possible Tupac Shakur biopic, the director said during a Q&A in Los Angeles celebrating the newly-opened Grammy Museum exhibition billed around Pac’s writings. The exhibit, All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur, debuted Monday (Feb. 2).
Having directed 'Pac in Poetic Justice, Singleton wants to move slowly with a potential film project. "I'm a very passionate person who wants to make the movie I want to make," he said. "Tupac's soul would come back and haunt my a** if it wasn't done right.
Singleton added, “His journey was so specific, but it affected billions of people.”
The director joined Chuck D, YG and other panelists to answer questions from audience members and share stories about ‘Pac and his impact. During the discussion, Chuck D pondered how he would’ve responded to seeing himself as a hologram at Coachella a few years ago. “I don't know if Pac would have been all right with that," said the Public Enemy frontman before speaking to Shakur’s unique qualities. "It was his boldness, like with the single 'Brenda's Got a Baby.' He was doing some mountain-moving s**t with his words and movies.”
Sharing what he learned from Shakur, YG noted, “If it’s not true, it won’t work.”
The night also included talk about Suge Knight, Death Row Records and Pac’s plan to start his own label. Despite being the star of Death Row, Pac was ready to move on, according to Outlawz member Edidon. “I don't like to get into what he had planned — he didn't get to do it. But there was life after Death Row.“
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