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Tupac fans are going to have to wait a bit longer than expected for a planned biopic about the West Coast legend.

Behind-the-scenes Hollywood triple-threat John Singleton was announced as the director for the flick back in January but has just shared a not-so-promising development in a new interview with XXL.

While the movie still has a script, Singleton says he’s putting the project, or at least his part in it, on hold for the time being.

“Well, we’re putting it on hold for right now,” Singleton told XXL. “I’m putting my involvement on hold right now because we’re trying to figure out some things. I got a script and I got the blessings from his family. We’ll see. I’m putting it on hold until it’s right. We’ve got to get it right.”

Singleton went on to explain why his personal connection to ‘Pac isn’t the only reason why he’s still the right person for the job.

“The thing about it is, not just that I worked with ‘Pac, but we grew up in a similar environment,” he said. “Where we’re from, you can’t really understand Tupac unless you grew up Black born in America. What he stood for is far beyond the music that he made. It’s what he stood for as a Black man in America. He was one of those people who had so much heart they could never back down. That’s lacking in a lot of people right now. Especially a lot of MCs. A lot of people are really going for the okie doke, they’re really not trying to say anything in their music. You can dance and party to have stuff going on but you know at a certain time when you look around you, you gotta say, ‘What’s going on with my people? Can I do something from the heart to elevate my people?’ He was about that. It was a very introspective virus.”

In the meantime, fans can get their share of the Tupac listening to Kendrick Lamar’s new album, which not only features a rare interview with ‘Pac but seems to channel his spirit throughout. Even better, it sounds like there’s somehow more unreleased music in the vaults from Pac’s prolific recording career.

For the Hip Hop film buffs there’s also a much more concrete project to be excited about coming soon, a biopic about N.W.A. called Straight Outta Compton.


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