Is Singleton being too presumptuous, or will Lautner’s teen appeal be enough to push Abduction into sequel territory?
Of course, any director would like to see their action movie turned into a successful franchise, so it’s no surprise to hear Singleton’s enthusiasm. What is surprising, however, is his certainty. Isn’t it bad luck to talk about these things before they happen?
When asked what would happen if Abduction was a huge flop, Singleton was undeterred saying, “I don’t think we have to worry about that. It’s happening.” To get a sense of Singleton’s confidence, check out the video from the L.A. Times embedded below.
Most would agree that John Singleton is a very talented director and it’s nice that his return to directing after a six-year hiatus is on a high-profile film like Abduction, but the success of the film rests squarely on Taylor Lautner’s shoulders. Is he up to the task?
It’s funny to hear Singleton talk about his efforts to shape Lautner into a viable action star, as if it were something that can be taught simply by watching Die Hard over and over (which, if that were the case, would make me the world’s best action star). On the other hand, it would be unfair to presume that Lautner isn’t going to succeed. Say what you’d like about Twilight, but the young actor certainly has star power. Maybe, he will be the next big thing. What do you think?
In other John Singleton news, the director recently spoke with The Playlist about his desire to make a biopic of the infamous and hugely influential gangster rap group N.W.A. According to Singleton, the project is still in the formative stages, but he has been talking with N.W.A. founding member and actor/rapper Ice Cube about the movie.
“I can’t talk about it too prematurely about the stuff I’m doing because nothing’s come to fruition yet, but Cube and I are talking about doing the N.W.A. story. The script is really, really good, and so we’re just figuring it out. New Line really wants to make it.”
I for one would love to see a biopic of N.W.A. From the group’s formation, to its rise to success, to its clashes with the law enforcement community and elected officials, there are few groups who played as important a role in introducing rap culture into the mainstream. Likewise, few directors would be able to handle the material like John Singleton, who built his career on compelling urban drama like his 1991 film Boyz in the Hood (for which he earned an Academy Award-nomination at the age of 24).
What do you think of the possibility of an N.W.A. biopic directed by John Singleton?