Tupac Shakur’s biopic has been held up in a legal quarrel between the film’s production company Morgan Creek, and the late rappers moms, Afeni Shakur-Davis, who had understandably wanted significant creative control over the project. Morgan Creek ended up suing Shakur-Davis claiming that they had agreed upon a deal, but that she had persisted in negotiating and stalling the production after the fact. She counter sued, insisting that no deal had been reached.
The battle was to continue in court, but at the last minute the film’s director, Antoine Fuqua (“Brooklyn’s Finest,” Training Day”), stepped in and brokered a deal with the concerned mother and holder of Tupac’s music rights. Shakur-Davis agreed to his vision of the film and signed on. She will also settle for a fee along with profit sharing and a producer’s credit on the film.
Casting for Tupac has begun with production to start in late Spring. [Rolling Stone]