John Singleton is not here for the new Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, and let his feelings be known while on a panel at ComplexCon. When asked if he had seen the trailer, Singleton, who originally was slated to direct the film, said he refuses to watch it.
“I haven’t watched it, and I refuse to watch it. I know that they f**ked it up, so I’m not even trying to give it attention. I didn’t want to make [the film] 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. I saw other directors come on and something clicked in me saying I wanted to do it. I told the company if y’all m****af**kas want to do this, you gotta get the f**k out my face and let me do this movie.”
While speaking with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson about his history as a filmmaker, Singleton said he wanted to make a movie that not only showcased Pac’s musical impact but also his political activism.
“Serious, his soul wasn’t going to rest unless this film was done right. 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.”
Singleton, who directed Tupac in Poetic Justice in 1993, said he wrote a great script, but was eventually phased out of the project because he didn’t see eye to eye with the production company.
“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. 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.”
The film, starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Jamie Hector and Annie Ilonzeh, is now being directed by Benny Boom from a script written by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft. In September, on the anniversary of the late rapper’s death, a teaser for the movie was released. No official release date has been announced.
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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