After making a huge splash with his debut feature, "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), writer-director John Singleton was hailed as being a bright new talent and perhaps even the next Martin Scorsese, but he offered underwhelming follow-ups while becoming a hired studio gun later in his career. But "Boyz" undoubtedly put Singleton on the map when he became both the youngest person and first African-American to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Full of promise and endless possibilities for his next feature, Singleton disappointed some with "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Higher Learning" (1995), two well-acted films that paled in comparison to his auspicious debut. Hired for the first time for a studio film, he directed the racially charged "Rosewood" (1997), which earned solid reviews, but was largely ignored by audiences. Singleton drew a fine performance out of Samuel L. Jackson for the remake of "Shaft" (2000), before returning to South Central for the "Boyz" companion piece, "Baby Boy" (2001). He continued his up and down movement with the financially successful, but critically panned sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003), which left some wondering what happened to the promise he had displayed in the previous decade. Though he produced several acclaimed projects like "Hustle & Flow" (2005), Singleton seemed content with leaving behind any artistic merits to focus more on genre filmmaking later in his career.