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Boyz n the Hood Director John Singleton Has Reportedly Been Hospitalized
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History-making writer and director John Singleton was hospitalized this week after a mild stroke, Variety reports. The legendary filmmaker became the first African-American and youngest person ever to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar after the release of his first film, 1991’s Boyz n the Hood.
Singleton was only 24 when he received his Oscar nod for the movie, which jump-started the film careers of Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, and Morris Chestnut, and told the story of their characters, young men coming of age in Los Angeles’ violent Crenshaw neighborhood. Singleton also directed and co-wrote 2000’s Shaft, a sequel to the 1971 blaxploitation classic that starred Samuel L. Jackson as the original P.I.’s crime fighter nephew. Singleton directed 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003, and more recently has served as a co-creator and writer for FX’s 1980s crack epidemic period drama Snowfall. He’s directed episodes of television shows including Fox’s Empire and FX’s The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.
According to TMZ, Singleton checked himself into the hospital after experiencing weakness in his leg during a flight from Costa Rica. Doctors are reportedly performing tests, and Singleton’s well-known friends wished the writer and director a speedy recovery via social media.
A Shaft sequel will be released this summer, though under a different studio and director from Singleton’s 2000 film. The upcoming film stars the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, Jackson as his nephew, and newcomer Jessie Usher as JJ Shaft Jr. Check out the trailer below.