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Hip-Hop: Why did they push back Tupac’s All Eyez On Me movie?

This was to be the year that we finally got to see them film the entire Hip-Hop world has been waiting for. On November 11, 2016, we were supposed to get the Biopic of the late Tupac Shakur but, where the hell is it?

There were reports that All Eyez On Me was to be released in September but due to licensing issues it was pushed back to November, but now, what’s the issue? This is getting out of hand. As a fan of Tupac’s I am eager to see how they portray him on film. With such releases as Notorious and Straight Outta Compton, the stage was set for the première of the year, but this is Hollywood and things happen. But why not happen to a Tom Hanks film or George Clooney project? Why do they have to keep messing with the African-American films?

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As I gather information, it shows that there is no release date as yet. The film just says 2017. When in 2017 will we get the film? There are countless trailers out and I guess it’s up to the audience to put the trailers together and piece our own puzzle. I have no idea who’s to blame but as Tupac’s friend and director, John Singleton stated earlier, he see’s the bigger picture:

“I haven’t watched it and I refuse to watch it,” Singleton tells HipHopDX. “I know that they fucked it up so I’m not even trying to give it any attention.”

He would later go on to explain why he didn’t take part in the film’s creation:

“I didn’t want to make it for many, many years,” he explained during the panel. “First of all, people wanted the story to be told, but I was so close to him. I was too close to tell the story of it. You have to remember, at first we had a working relationship and then a brotherhood.I saw other directors come on and something clicked in me saying I wanted to do it. I told the company if y’all muthafuckas want to do this, you gotta get the fuck out my face and let me do this movie.”

I can understand his frustration, but my frustration comes from a fans perspective. I, like many others, have waited and waited for this day to arrive and now that it’s here, we have to wait some more. The studios need to their act together and give the people what they want.

I don’t know how much longer I can take green monsters and men dressed in women clothing hitting the big screen before we actually get to see a movie about something real.


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Mark Wilson
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