Master P is reported to have once been working on a Menace II Society sequel, but according to one of the film’s directors, this was never the case.
Earlier this week, Fat Trel opened up about his rift with Master P in an interview with No Jumper. The DMV-based rapper said the fallout came after the No Limit Records founder wanted him to star in a sequel to the 1993 hood classic, which was the first feature film directed by Albert and Allen Hughes — also known as the Hughes Brothers.
However, Allen Hughes has told HipHopDX that neither he nor his brother was ever approached by Master P or anyone from his camp in relation to doing a Menace II Society sequel.
“This is the first I’m hearing of this,” Hughes told DX. “I respect P tremendously but would never approve a sequel to Menace, never.”
In his interview, Trel said he got a call out of nowhere from P one day in 2012, asking him to be in a sequel to the Tyrin Turner-starring film that he was attempting to purchase the rights for.
After moving to Los Angeles to be a part of the project alongside future Louie V Mob member Alley Boy, Trel said the movie stalled which eventually led to things not working out between him and Master P.
“When I moved there bro, the movie never got brought up,” Trel told host Adam22. “I been living here for about seven months, I haven’t started an acting class, we no longer spoke about the scripts, the movie never ever came up.”
Instead, the pair spent their time in the studio making music until Trel decided to return home after leaving Los Angeles for a funeral.
Released to theaters on May 26, 1993, Menace II Society is one of Black cinema’s most celebrated motion pictures. Lauded for its raw and authentic approach to the harsh realities of life in the ghetto, it was made with a budget of just $3.5million but went on to gross in the region of $30million.
Set in the Watts and Crenshaw neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the film follows the life of Kayden “Caine” Reeves (Turner), a young street hustler attempting to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.
Acclaimed film critic Emanuel Levy called it “the most stunning feature debut in the new African American cinema, even more so than Boyz n the Hood to which the coming of age feature bears thematic resemblance.”
Menace II Society also stars Larenz Tate in the scene-stealing role of O-Dog, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bill Duke, Charles S. Dutton, Clifton Powell, Samuel L. Jackson, MC Eiht, Too $hort, Saafir and many others.
Allen Hughes is currently adding the final touches to a new docuseries that centers on the lives of 2Pac and his mother Afeni Shakur.
Dear Mama is a new FX series set to premiere on April 21, with the first two of five episodes released concurrently. The remaining three parts will then be delivered weekly on the following three Fridays. The show will also stream on Hulu one day after its network broadcast.
Speaking about the series earlier this month during a presentation at the Television Critics Awards winter press tour, Hughes explained that he and his team prioritized finding and using previously unreleased audio and video content of Afeni Shakur and her son.
“Wherever possible, we tried to find archival footage that hadn’t been seen so there’s a lot that we have in the five parts,” he explained. “There’s also audio that’s never been heard. And not just some of his acapellas and vocals, there is a lot of stuff of 2Pac from his baby years that had never been seen.”
“For 2Pac superfans, I believe that two of the most important things in the project is the never seen before [footage],” Hughes continued. “But most importantly, you get to understand why he made certain decisions.”
The new docuseries borrows its name from ‘Pac’s 1995 hit single, which hears the late star detail the at-times tumultuous relationship he and his mother shared, highlighting the parts of his childhood that were marked by financial hardship and his mother’s addiction.