Maybe third time’s the charm for Morgan Creek’s Tupac biopic. A spokesperson for the production company confirmed that music video director Benny Boom is in talks to replace Carl Franklin to direct the film about the life of the seminal West Coast rapper.
Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) joined the project in April after Boyz n the Hood helmer John Singleton exited. Upon reports of the swap in the director’s chair, Singleton lambasted the project. “Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur,” he wrote at the time.
“Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions,” Singleton added.” Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about.”
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Boom broke through shooting music videos, directing projects for Nicki Minaj, Nas, and Ciara. He has some feature work, but has primarily done commercials and music videos.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.