John Singleton is returning to the setting of his debut feature Boyz N The Hood – 1984 Los Angeles — with Snowfall, a drama series project set up at Showtime. Singleton is set to direct and co-write the project, co-written by Eric Amadio. The two executive produce with Michael London and Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Evan Silverberg. Told through the eyes of a young black kid from Compton, a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent charged with running money to the Contras, Snowfall will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Allegedly fueled by CIA involvement stemming from the Iran-Contra affair, the drug started flowing to the U.S. in 1984, with Los Angeles as the first city to get hit hard. The project is described as being in the vein of Boyz In The Hood, which earned Los Angeles native Singleton writing and directing Oscar nominations, meets The Wire. Amadio, also originally from LA, previously developed an NFL drama at Starz. Singleton is with WME and attorney Stephen D. Barnes, Amadio with CAA and attorney Greg Slewitt. Both are managed by Underground.
EXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tupac, the long-awaited and highly anticipated feature on the life of Tupac Shakur directed by John Singleton. Scripted by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Singleton, the film traces Shakur’s life from growing up in East Harlem the son of activist Black Panther Party members, to reaching superstardom as a songwriter, hip-hop and movie star, to his vocal position as a leader in the East Coast/West Coast rap war, to his death. Shakur, leaving a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, was murdered in a drive by shooting, dying at age 25 in 1996.
The film is being produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The deal was set by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Morgan Creek chairman and CEO James G. Robinson, Program Pictures’ L.T. Hutton and Emmtt/Furla/Oasis Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla. It’s a reunion of sorts for Singleton and Shakur, as Singleton directed him as an actor in the 1993 film Poetic Justice.
Open Road has committed to a wide-screen release of at least 2000 theaters. This film has been long in the making, but if anything Tupac is bigger than ever, based on his popularity and how well his music sells. Producers are Robinson, David Robinson, …
John Singleton has signed on to direct, re-write, and produce Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Tupac Shakur biopic, which is hitting up a summer 2014 shoot. The long-gestating pic about the late iconic rapper and sometimes actor known as 2Pac got renewed momentum last Fall when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films joined Morgan Creek as co-financier. Singleton will work with Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft to revise their original greenlit script. Needless to say, Shakur’s lifelong ambitions as a rap star yielded one of the more colorful and tragic life stories of recent decades. The charismatic Shakur, a legendary West Coast hip hop fixture and one of the best-selling artists of all time, dabbled in an acting career throughout the ’90s with memorable turns in Juice, Above the Rim and later Bullet, Gridlock’d, and Gang Related before he was killed at the age of 25 in a 1996 Las Vegas drive-by shooting that remains unsolved.
Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People had its world premiere at Sundance last month, and now an Oscar-nominated filmmaker has come aboard. John Singleton will executive produce the documentary, which has its Los Angeles premiere tonight at the Pan African Film Festival before making its international bow tomorrow in the Panorama section at Berlin. Thomas Allen Harris’ film examines the way black photographers and their subjects have used the camera as a tool for social change from the time photography was invented to the present. “I was moved by the film, these artists and what their work means to me and to the world at large, ” said Singleton, who earned an Academy Award nominations for Boyz N The Hood. “This documentary highlights the ongoing battle that black people face defining themselves image-wise.”
HBO has put in development Club Life: Miami, a drama written and directed by filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz N The Hood, Shaft) who is executive producing with Russell Simmons. Set against the South Beach club scene, the project follows a reformed criminal who moves to Miami and gains a new lease on life as he embraces the vibrant, youthful and transgressive world. Simmons has a first-look deal with HBO where he also is executive producing a high-profile drama project from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Singleton is repped by WME and Underground’s Trevor Engelson; Simmons is with WME.
Filmmaker John Singleton has filed suit against Paramount Pictures and MTV Films alleging broken promises to greenlight, finance and distribute a pair of future movies as part of a deal to distribute Hustle & Flow, on which Singleton served as producer. In the suit Singleton, whose most recent credit is as director of the Taylor Lautner vehicle Abducted for Lionsgate, claims he agreed to have Paramount distribute the Craig Brewer-directed Hustle & Flow in 2005 for a fee of $9 million in addition to the studio’s promise on the two future projects as long as neither of their budgets exceeded $3.5 million. Based on those conditions, Singleton as producer also granted Paramount the right to distribute Black Snake Moan, which Brewer also directed. Singleton claims Paramount made money on Hustle & Flow, which earned an Oscar for best song and grossed more than $22 million domestically. Paramount subsequently placed what the suit describes as impossible conditions on the projects the studio had promised Singleton it would finance. Singleton says in the suit that he passed up numerous opportunities with other companies because of his arrangement with Paramount, and he’s seeking at least $20 million in damages.
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