CATEGORIES Drama, Music & Musicals, Deals, Paramount, Celebrities and Controversy, Fox Searchlight, Movie News, CinematicalI'm sure that if Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur were still alive today, they would have loved to brag over which one got their life story on the big screen first. Tupac wins if you count the doc in 2003, though Notorious made Biggie the first to receive a biopic -- so I'm not sure who wins, exactly. Nevertheless, Tupac's family wants a biopic now and The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, and her production company, Amaru Entertainment, are suing Morgan's Creek Entertainment over their deal for a biopic of the murdered rapper, leaving the hip-hop flick in legal limbo.
There have been rumblings regarding a film for almost a year now, and with the success of the B.I.G. flick, Notorious, it would seem to be the perfect time for Shakur. But Morgan's Creek's deal first started going south when they filed a lawsuit "claiming that Amaru, which controls the Tupac estate, backed out of a done deal to sell life rights for a biopic about the slain rapper-actor." Now Amaru is countersuing, and according to their complaint, "Morgan Creek allegedly was one of several suitors for the project, including Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Kennedy/Marshall and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. The cross-complaint says key details of a deal, including an executive producer credit and backend participation for Afeni Shakur, were not worked out with Morgan's Creek and that she hadn't even seen the proposed contract."
I highly doubt these current legal troubles will stop a Tupac film from making it to theaters eventually, if not from Morgan's Creek then from someone who isn't in a legal quagmire. But maybe some extra space will give us time to pay attention to the lessons learned from B.I.G.'s biopic. One of the major complaints about Notorious was that it glossed over some of the more 'unflattering' moments in Wallace's history, and was likened to "Hollywood hagiography at its most patronising and preposterous". Maybe now that there's a possibility of a Tupac film that is out of the hands of loved ones, it could make for a better film. What do you think?