A couple of hours ago, the world received the sad news of award-winning director and screenwriter John Singleton’s death. The ace filmmaker, who suffered a stroke a few weeks ago, was taken off of life support on Monday.
His family confirmed his death via a statement released on Monday which read thus;
John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,” Singleton’s family said. “We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”
Here are 12 facts about John Singleton everyone should know
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1. The ace movie-maker was born in Los Angeles, California on January 6, 1968. John Singleton grew up in Inglewood. He grew up in a neighborhood called The Bottoms.
2. John’s home was close to a drive-in movie theatre, making it easy for him to watch the movies from the comfort of his house without the sound.
3. John put his passion for film-making into paper by drawing animated stories of his favourite superheroes due to lack of Lacking tools like equipment such as a camera.
4. John came to the realization that he wanted to become a director after he watched the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind with Steven Spielberg.
5. According to John, August Wilson was his inspiration for becoming a screenwriter. This came after he watched the Tony Award-winning play, Fences.
6. John attended USC School of Cinematic Arts where he at first thought of pursuing a course in sciences before changing to film writing.
7. John met Spike Lee three weeks after enrolling in college, this was during the screening of his film She’s Gotta Have It. He told Spike Lee, “Watch out for me, I’m coming!”
8. John pledged Kappa Alpha Psi, while in college.
9. John directed and wrote the 1991 hit movie Boyz N The Hood.
10. The movie Boyz N The Hood was largely based on John’s life while growing up in L.A., mainly things that happened to him and people he knew.
11. The premise for the film was written as an answer to a USC film school application question, which was “Describe three ideas for a film.”
12. Boyz N The Hood was originally meant to be titled Summer of ’84. Music executive and film producer Russell Simmons was among the first people who read his script and had plans of producing it.
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