An All Eyez On Me script penned by director John Singleton, before he left the Tupac Shakur biopic, included a scene in which the famed rapper was assaulted by a group of ‘predatory and degenerate’ prisoners. The 49-year-old filmmaker, who’s been outspoken in his disdain for the project since exiting it two years ago, submitted a draft of the script in July of 2014 titled REVISION EIGHT, excerpts of which were posted by TMZ Sunday.
The controversial scene in question took place during Shakur’s nine-month stay at Clinton Correctional Facility in New York in 1995 following his December 1994 sex abuse conviction. In the scene, the guards vacated every prisoner in the library of the facility except for Shakur, then locked him in there with ‘about six inmates’ described as ‘the worst prisoners in this facility.’ One of the prisoners ‘licks his lips eyeing ’Pac,’ at which point the group attacks Shakur. In the next frame, Shakur was described as felled on the floor with his prison uniform ‘ripped to shreds.’
Insiders linked with the director told the outlet that Shakur’s mother Afeni had given her blessing over his scripts. Singleton publicly announced his exit from the project in an April 2015 ‘ adding that ‘they have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love!’
Tanya Hart has more on All Eyez On Me in the Hollywood Live report: