If you’re hoping to see a Tupac biopic in the same vein as Straight Outta Compton, do not hold your breath. After years of limbo and with the copyright clock ticking, Morgan Creek (the studio that currently owns the rights to a ‘Pac biopic) has hired yet another director to helm the project, none other than Benny Boom.
Morgan Creek reportedly has until the end of 2015 to begin production on a potential film or the rights will revert back to Pac’s mother, Afeni. Back in July the studio announced that the movie would begin production in November, and now on the last day of the month word has leaked that they’ve undergone another directorial change.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s previous director Carl Franklin quietly left the project while Morgan Creek was dealing with a $10 million lawsuit over the rights to the biopic with a group of producers they were working with. The Emmett/Furla production group sued the company for breaking a co-production agreement by hiring a lead actor and setting a budget and production schedule without their approval.
Boom’s experience as a feature film director is limited to the poorly received Next Day Air and a straight to video sequel to the 2003 Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J movie S.W.A.T. Again, don’t hold your breath for this movie, and if it ever does come out don’t expect anything exciting or even remotely close to honoring Pac’s legacy. With the way things are going, it’s unclear if this movie will be better than the Chinese Tupac movie.