The history of Hollywood has been chronicled endlessly in various kinds of feature and television documentaries. But Ava DuVernay‘s film collective ARRAY is getting a little more specific with a new documentary series called They’ve Gotta Have Us, focusing on art, activism and race as it pertains to black cinema in Hollywood. The series features an assembly of some of the most influential black actors, actresses, writers and directors over the years, all talking about the evolution of black cinema and its major milestones. See some of them in the They’ve Gotta Have Us trailer below. Read More »
John Singleton, the director behind Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and more, has died at the age of 51. Singleton suffered a stroke earlier this month, and had reportedly been in a coma on life support ever since. Singleton’s most recent credit was the FX series Snowfall, which he created and produced.
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In a couple of weeks, Black Panther will be hitting the big screen as the latest franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chadwick Boseman is playing the superhero, who was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, but his first big screen appearance almost happened over 25 years ago when DC Comics was dominating the superhero movie scene and leaving Marvel in the dust…and when Wesley Snipes was at the top of his game.
That’s right, the 1990s almost saw an adaptation of Black Panther that would have featured Wesley Snipes as a comic book character years before he became Marvel’s vampire hunter Blade. For the first time ever, Snipes recently opened up about the development of the project, who was on the shortlist to direct, and what drew him to the superhero in the first place.
Find out all about the Wesley Snipes Black Panther movie below. Read More »
All it takes is a cursory glance at the news to know America still has a long way to go in our ongoing reckoning with our country’s racial history. But one way to help heal the wounds of the past is to provide people with knowledge and perspective, and that’s exactly what producer/star Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) and director John Singleton plan to do. The duo is uniting to make a biopic about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy who was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955. Read more about the Emmett Till movie below, including what role Henson will play in the film.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
UPDATE: TheWrap confirms John Singleton has left the Tupac Shakur biopic over “major creative differences.” Carl Franklin will replace Singleton in the director’s chair. Original story follows.
The long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic has stalled yet again. Director John Singleton says it’s “on hold for right now,” because he just wants to make sure to “get it right.” Meanwhile, a rumor has cropped up that Singleton is being replaced by Carl Franklin. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the Tupac Shakur movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
A Tupac Shakur biopic has been in the works for a long, long time — so long, in fact, that it was starting to look like the film would never actually happen. But now it’s finally coming together for real, with a distributor and everything.
Open Road Films has just picked up the U.S. rights to Tupac. John Singleton is set to direct. What’s still missing is a star who can capture the late rapper’s indelible spirit. More details on the film after the jump.
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John Singleton has long wanted to make a biopic about the late Tupac Shakur, whom Singleton cast in Poetic Justice. In late 2011 he was set to direct the film, but he dropped out a month later, and in the years since the Tupac film has essentially stalled, with attempts to come up with a new director, script, and financing taking time to bear fruit. But last year Morgan Creek Films got Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to commit financing, and so the film is moving forward again.
Now Singleton is once again on the film, and is planning to immediately rewrite the script with an eye on shooting this summer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
That long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic is in need of a director once again, as John Singleton has dropped out of talks to helm. Antoine Fuqua was originally lined up to direct, but left the project due to difficulties with casting the lead role — even a nationwide talent search failed to yield any candidates who passed muster — and Singleton entered negotiations last month.
Now, with the Shakur pic off his plate, Singleton’s next project will be an untitled love story that reunites him with Baby Boy stars Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson. More after the jump.
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It’s been some time since John Singleton made a movie that generated much excitement. (Though some Taylor Lautner fans might argue, thanks to this year’s Abduction.) But he has been looking at interesting movies in the past couple months. First he was mentioned as a possible director for Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of once-controversial rap group N.W.A — though it looks like that movie might go to Craig Brewer or another director.
But now Singleton is also being talked up as a potential director for the Tupac Shakur biopic that no one seems able to make. Antoine Fuqua was attached for some time, and production company Morgan Creek did some real work to keep him on the movie. But he couldn’t cast the lead, and Dreamworks dropped the picture, prompting Fuqua to move on to Hunter Killer. So can John Singleton succeed where Fuqua failed? Given that Singleton is one of the directors who worked with Tupac (on Poetic Justice, pictured above) he seems among the best-suited to make the movie. Read More »
Briefly: Last time we heard about the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton was only days ago, when director John Singleton said that he’s been talking to former N.W.A member Ice Cube about directing the film. But he may not be the only person in line for the job.
Vulture says that F. Gary Gray, Peter Berg and Craig Brewer are all on the list at New Line. First reaction to that list is that Craig Brewer might be a great choice. Based on what I’m hearing about Footloose, he’s about to make believers out of a lot of former naysayers like myself. (I’ve been a naysayer about Footloose, that is; I’ve liked Brewer’s other films.) F. Gary Gray isn’t a compelling choice, given his very inconsistent output, and Peter Berg seems like the wild card. He could probably have the job if he wants it, and might do well with it as a break after the big-budget Battleship. Sadly, I’d be tempted to say that all three of these guys are probably a better choice than late-model Singleton. But this is the sort of story that could easily make Singleton and/or Gray step up in a big way, so I wouldn’t cross anyone off the list yet.