Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) is stepping in to replace John Singleton as director for Morgan Creek’s Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac, EW confirmed.
In an Instagram post, Singleton said “the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur” before saying “I’ll just make my own project.”
Tupac is penned by Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez. The plot will center around the rapper as he becomes one of the most popular hip-hop artists of all time and his 1996 murder after a boxing match in Las Vegas.
Morgan Creek spokesman Greg Mielcarz told Variety shooting will start in August or September. Mielcarz also said that Singleton, who had previously left the project in 2012 and came back in 2014, left the film again several months ago.