Open Road Films this week announced the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to the next film from director John Singleton(“Boyz n the Hood”). “Tupac” will chronicle the life of prolific rapper Tupac Shakur. Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films are producing and financing the project. Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg made the announcement alongside key members of the production team.
“To this day, Tupac remains one of the most compelling and provocative artists of all time and I can’t think of a better filmmaker to bring his story to the big screen than John Singleton,” Ortenberg said.
Open Road Films was actually founded by two multiplex theater chains. AMC Entertainment Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, which are the largest theatrical exhibition companies in the country, started the distribution company in 2011. Recent Open Road releases include “The Nut Job”, “The Grey”, and the critically-acclaimed “End of Watch.” Their latest release, “A Haunted House 2”, opens today.
Singleton actually worked with Shakur over twenty years ago, when the rapper starred in 1993’s “Poetic Justice” alongside Janet Jackson. The director’s last gig was the 2011 adventure “Abduction” starring Taylor Lautner. He also produced two Craig Brewer films: the Oscar-nominated “Hustle & Flow” and the follow-up “Black Snake Moan.” “Tupac” is written by Singleton, Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez.
“Tupac” is set to begin filming this summer in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. No cast members have been announced. Open Road Films is planning a wide release for the film(over 2000 theatres), but no release date has been announced at this time.