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A week after he put his input on the film on hold, director John Singleton officially announced he was dropping out of the planned Tupac Shakur biopic and replaced with Carl Franklin due to what Singleton contends is a lack of respect from Morgan Creek Productions in regards to the late rapper and activist’s legacy.

The outspoken filmmaker took to his Instagram account to reveal more than just a PR statement in regards to him no longer being involved in the much anticipated film.

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. I won’t say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling …

To Pac’s real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac … It doesn’t matter what they do mines will be better… Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions … Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about… Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?!

They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that’s why my ass isn’t involved ! If Tupac knew what was going on he’d ride on all these fools and take it to the streets… But I won’t do that … I’ll just make my own project. What Yall think about that?!!

The involvement of a director who had as much knowledge of the source material as John Singleton was kind of the key into not only seeing a Tupac film get off the ground but for an accurate representation of the man who has seemingly grown in legend after his 1996 death. With Singleton no longer involved, the chance of the film being produced by Morgan Creek being anywhere near decent have slimmed dramatically.

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