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Looks like we won’t be getting that Tupac biopic for a while. Following his interview with XXL, in which he revealed that the project has been put “on hold,” director John Singleton has walked away altogether from the long-delayed film due to creative differences.

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The 47-year-old, who directed ‘Pac in 1993’s Poetic Justice, took to Instagram to make the announcement while slamming the movie’s producers for not respecting black culture. He also hinted at making his own film about ‘Pac, so there may still be hope for a project that does the late rapper’s legacy justice.

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?!!

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The biopic will now be directed by Carl Franklin, who is best known for directing 1995’s Devil In a Blue Dress, which starred Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. More recently he directed episodes of House of Cards and Homeland.

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