John Singleton to Helm Long-Delayed Tupac Shakur Biopic

Production is scheduled to begin this summer

John Singleton to Helm Long-Delayed Tupac Shakur Biopic

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After endless false starts and legal battles, the long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic is finally being resurrected. According to Variety, the as-yet-untitled project will be written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious).

Singleton is expected to start working on the screenplay immediately, with the goal to start production in the summer. The choice of director makes sense: Singleton was both a friend and collaborator of Shakur’s, having directed the rapper/actor opposite Janet Jackson in the 1993 romantic drama Poetic Justice. More…

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John Singleton Back as Director for Tupac Shakur Biopic (Variety EXCLUSIVE)

John Singleton Tupac Movie

Will re-write, direct and produce

Film Reporter@krolljvar

After falling off the project two years ago, all eyes are on John Singleton to return to Morgan Creek’s untitled Tupac Shakur biopic — a film he’s long wanted to make.

Singleton has closed a deal to rewrite, direct and produce the biopic about the iconic rapper, which would follow his rise to being one of the most popular hip-hop artists as well as his murder following a boxing match in 1996 in Las Vegas. Morgan Creek is co-financing the film with Emmett/Furla/Oasis. More…

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THE THING (2011) Trailer

Morgan Creek to co-finance THE THING with Universal

The horror film will be co-distributed internationally by the two companies.

Under the pact, Universal retains the bulk of the film’s worldwide distribution rights. Morgan Creek will distribute through its network of partners in the territories it retains — none of which were revealed in the announcement.

Universal currently distributes all of Morgan Creek’s productions in the United States.

The film is being billed as a prequel to the John Carpenter cult classic, itself a remake of the early 1950s film.

“The Thing” hits theaters on October 14 and stars Joel Edgerton (“Warrior”) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Death Proof”). Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. directs.