News: Tupac's Mother Fires Back At Film Company W/ $10 Million Lawsuit

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 9:39AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Afeni Shakur has lashed back at film company Morgan Creek, filing a $10 million cross-complaint lawsuit that claims a prearranged 2pac biopic was never agreed upon, despite Creek's allegations.

The lawsuit is a response to Creek, which alleges both parties previously discussed and made plans for a film project.

Amaru Entertainment claims that Morgan Creek, CEO James Robinson and others tried to strong-arm a deal for Tupac movie rights, then sabotaged the project when Amaru attempted to set it up elsewhere. "Instead of negotiating in good faith with [Amaru], they sought to obtain the rights by concocting a nonexistent 'agreement' and engaging in heavy-handed threats, coercion and intimidation to interfere with and ultimately destroy the film project," Amaru claims. Amaru is seeking a court declaration that there never was a deal. (Reuters)

Afeni previously released a statement regarding Creek's lawsuit.

"We felt it was important to bring the story of Tupac Shakur, one of music's most remarkable icons, to life on-screen," a statement read. "We have been in discussions and negotiations with several major studios and production companies, including Morgan Creek Productions. However, at no time did we have an agreement with Morgan Creek. (Press Release)

Speaking on behalf of her son, she felt the rapper's legacy would one day be seen with integrity on the big screen.

"Tupac touched so many people in his brief life and it makes me feel honored in keeping his message alive. And I want to do so with integrity - in the right way with the right people," says Afeni Shakur. "That's what Tupac would have wanted." (Amaru Entertainment Statement)

Creek's lawsuit is based upon an alleged arrangement made with Shakur last year.

According to the complaint, a written contract was in place for life rights, with Morgan Creek claiming that Amaru is "refus(ing) to honor and perform a contract of a production of the film based on the life of Tupac Shakur." The company seeks damages and other relief. But late Wednesday (February 18), Amaru's lawyers denied the existence of a deal. (Billboard)

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