All Eyez on Me, described by star Demetrius Shipp Jr. as "one of the biggest biopics that will ever be," may finally have a firm release date. The long-in-the-works Tupac Shakur biopic won't be sliding into theaters until next June, at least according to Dominic L. Santana. The actor, who plays Suge Knight in the film, urged fans to refrain from "whining" about the date on Instagram Monday:
Though the official All Eyez on Me social pages don't mention a June 2017 release, Santana said Monday the date (Pac's birthday) was a lock:
"We're all anxious for it to come out but people gotta remember it's a major film and there's a lot of process to releasing major films," Santana wrote. "Because it was Tupac a lot of buzz was created word of mouth even while we were filming which usually doesn't happen until a movie is about to come out [sic]."
Speaking with Complex back in September, Shipp said the hardest part of Benny Boom's film was the emotional process of recreating Pac's death. "We waited until the end of it all, so we literally shot it at the very end," Shipp told Complex. "You're coming to the end of it all, and you realize what's really going on, the full spectrum. I engulfed myself in his life completely, and it was really emotional for me. It was like, wow, I'm really understanding his life and the turns of what happened that led him to being there that night."
Boom's film is not, however, without its fair share of detractors. "I haven't watched it and I refuse to watch it," John Singleton, who was originally attached to direct the film, told DeRay Mckesson at ComplexCon earlier this month. "I know that they fucked it up so I'm not even trying to give it any attention."