Afeni Shakur has responded to claims that she agreed to sell Tupac’s life story for a film adaptation.
After being sued, along with her Amaru Entertainment company, Pac’s mother addressed the various allegations.
“This lawsuit has no merit,” a statement reads. “We felt it was important to bring the story of Tupac Shakur, one of music’s most remarkable icons, to life onscreen…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. Sadly, Morgan Creek decided to take advantage of this situation and attempt to frustrate our project by interfering with our business relationships. We will not be frightened by Morgan Creek’s tactics and we are absolutely confident that the movie will be produced and released.” (Press Release)
Speaking on behalf of her son, Afeni feels the rapper’s legacy will 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 their alleged pre-agreement 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)
Shakur’s lawyer, Skip Miller, has also claimed Creek is using the alleged contract as a means to force competing studios out of the picture.
Miller said negotiations for a biopic on the controversial rapper were under way at several studios and that Morgan Creek attempted to sabotage those talks with threats of litigation. “They have scared away Paramount, Fox and others, and we are going to sue them and recover millions (in damages),” Miller said. Morgan Creek and lawyer Patricia Glaser declined comment. (Hollywood Reporter)
Morgan Creek has yet to respond to the company’s statement.