John Singleton: ‘Abduction’ Will Have a Sequel; Working on N.W.A. Biopic

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 1:58 pm,

Twilight star Taylor Lautner’s big action debut Abduction doesn’t hit theaters for another week, but that hasn’t stopped director John Singleton from practically guaranteeing a sequel to the film.

Is Singleton being too presumptuous, or will Lautner’s teen appeal be enough to push Abduction into sequel territory?

In an interview with the L.A. Times, Singleton was beyond confident in predicting the continuation of the franchise. From the red carpet, Singleton said there would “definitely” be a sequel to Abduction and, furthermore, that he intends to direct it.

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?

NWA Biopic John Singleton: Abduction Will Have a Sequel; Working on N.W.A. Biopic

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?

Source: L.A. Times, The Playlist

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  1. LOL this movie will be a FLOP Guaranteed, Taylor L cant act worth a crap. Watch and learn

    • Taylor may not be an awesome actor but he is awesome at action roles… and I would pay to see an sequel.. It was a great movie.. and it was clean!!!!

  2. Interesting news. I hope he picks the right actors to play the parts. I also hope it doesn’t come off as cartoonish, as most Hollywood biopics do.

    Recent rap/hip-hop biopics as of late seem like they’re weak and struggling.

    Notorious wasn’t much to write home about, and it suffered — as many biopics do — from watering down the rougher edges of the subject’s life.

    And then there’s the struggling Tupac biopic plans. The Tupac biopic has been languishing for years, and now I hear there won’t be a biopic at all, but rather a made-for-TV miniseries. That might be better, but will that be even more corny than a Hollywood biopic?

    So, I don’t know. Will a movie about N.W.A. truly delve into all the drama, or are we going to get the sanitized version that meets the approval of everyone portrayed?

    I’d much rather see a documentary about N.W.A. than some Hollywoodized melodrama.

    • I agree with you here, making a biopic of a rapper that had been dead for 10 years was the first mistake, letting his best friend make it was the second. Notorious (the film) may have had some highlights of his life but was probably totally inaccurate and was a pretty poor movie all in. If this NWA movie goes anywhere hopefully Cube, Dre, Ren and Yella will all contribute to the script as well as some input from Arabian Prince Mik Lezan. Could be a good movie biopic but then again this will probably suck ass.

      • Notorious felt like it was just one small step above a made-for-TV melodrama. And it really made Biggie seem like an all-around nice, sweet guy whose only faults were cheating on his wife and selling drugs when he was young.

        And one of the most corny things was making it seem like the rift between him and Tupac could have been solved with just a phone call.

        I agree, the N.W.A. movie, more than likely, is going to suck. Singleton seems like he’s far from the director who made Boyz n the Hood and even Rosewood.

        I would have liked to see that young, hungry Singleton from the early ’90s direct this movie.

        Now? He’s too Hollywood and this N.W.A. product is going to feel too mainstream. I’d actually rather have a cable channel make a movie about N.W.A. Hollywood’s going to make it more like a “Greatest Hits” compilation, hitting the moments of their lives that make for good, poppy entertainment rather than a far-probing look at all the separate and complex rifts that caused the group to splinter.

  3. 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 has that guy from Twilight in it who was almost fired from the second film cause of his acting in the first one till he buffed up.”

    • ^lol

      dude has no different facial expressions. When I saw the trailer, all I saw was Jacob the whiney wolf.

      He can’t act.

      • Lautner is like the Vanessa Hudgens of young, up-and-coming male actors. No talent, to speak of, just looks. I wonder if nude photos of him will be “leaked” soon.

    • Im laughing at your ignorance. He wasn’t nearly fired because he couldn’t act. He was nearly cut because he wasn’t strong enough. But he buffed up. He isn’t a terrible actor, fair enough he isn’t Tom Cruise but he can act. I don’t think you should be saying stuff that you have no clue about. If he couldn’t act, he wouldn’t be chosen for the role. If you are going to argue that he was bad in abduction, I’m sorry but that wasn’t the problem. It was the movies plot tbh, and even that wasn’t the worst.

  4. I really Hope that they get the N.W.A. biopic right. I have been listening to their music since i was in elementary school and i want to see that their story is done right.

    I do not want to be let down like i was with Notorious. I also think that letting Puff Daddy or P. Diddy or Diddy be incharge of the project was a dumb move.

    But then again i do like John Singleton so hope it turns out okay

    • I hope, too, but I wouldn’t hold your breath because since all the main players in the N.W.A. story are still alive (except for Eazy E), I’m sure no Hollywood studio would try to make something that would cross the line with any of the group members, or anyone else who played a part.

      As for that flimsy, soft-shoed movie that is Notorious, if Puff Daddy wasn’t the main one behind it, Biggie’s mother would have been.

      I’m glad that the Tupac biopic plans have been languishing because I sense it would be as bad, or even worse, than the Notorious one. I don’t have high hopes for the planned Tupac miniseries either.

  5. I am with the majority here. An N.W.A. film could work, but only if it is going to truly tap into the lives and struggles of the group. There is no question that there is a story to tell about the group, but you have to truly tell the story. Do not give us the same crap the Notorious film did.

    As for Abduction, who knows?

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