John Singleton on ‘All Eyez On Me’: ‘They Made the Aaliyah Version of Pac’

John Singleton was in the V-103 studios this morning to talk about his new television series “Snowfall,” but his temperature spiked to blizzard when the subject turned to the new Tupac Shakur movie, “All Eyez On Me.”

Or as the Academy Award-nominated director deemed it: “The debacle.”

“Are you displeased because of the final product, or that you didn’t get to do it?” asked Big Tigger, on The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith.

“A little bit of both,” replied Singleton, who was once part of the project that was released last week under the direction of lauded music video lensman, Benny Boom.

Related: Steve McQueen to Direct Authorized Tupac Shakur Documentary

“They just made a movie. They didn’t think of it as a cultural event. They didn’t think of it in terms of something that affected our generation.”

“They see a rap star,” he continued. “But dude was much more than a rap star. So that’s why I’m really upset.”

Singleton went on to share that “I walked off that movie twice. The only reason I stayed in the second time was ’cause [Shakur’s late mother] Afeni was like she didn’t care about the movie until I got involved.

“But the problem was they realized that me and [Afeni] were working together on what we thought the movie should be. And that made [co-producer] L.T. [Hutton] and those people that he works for upset; because they really wanted to push her to the side.”

Then came the quote “All Eyez On Me” would never put on its posters: “They made the Aaliyah version of Pac,” Singleton declared, referring to the widely-panned Lifetime biopic of the beloved, late R&B singer.

“WORSE than that.”

“This generation has to know when you make something as important as that type of subject matter you have to really rise to the occasion. When you see what we’ve done on this television series, we rose to the occasion.”

Right. Yes. Back to the television series “Snowfall,” debuting on FX July 5.

And of course Singleton has a poster-ready description of that, too: “The ghetto version of ‘Game of Thrones’… but with cocaine in L.A.”

– Sonia Murray, CBS Local

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