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Tupac Biopic Stalled Due To Lawsuit

By Ronnie Gamble   /   Published 02/20/09

Tupac ShakurAlthough several documentaries about the life of the late Tupac Shakur have made it to DVD and even movie theaters, a biographical film about the rapper has been stalled thanks to a recent legal dispute.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, production company Morgan Creek has sued Afeni Shakur's Amaru Entertainment in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the company has backed out of an agreement to sell the rights to Tupac's life for a film adaptation.

Negotiations reportedly began in November. However, according to the lawsuit, a contract had been drawn up, but Amaru is "refus(ing) to honor and perform a contract of a production of the film based on the life of Tupac Shakur."

Morgan Creek is seeking damages and other relief.

Afeni's lawyers have since denied that the deal ever existed.

"There is no agreement with Morgan Creek, there never was, and there never will be," Skip Miller, attorney for Amaru Entertainment, told the Hollywood Reporter. He added that the suit is simply an attempt to force his client's hand.

According to Miller, negotiations for the Tupac film were underway after several studios, and that Morgan Creek has filed suit in an attempt to scare other studios away.

"They have scared away Paramount, Fox and others, and we are going to sue them and recover millions (in damages)," Miller said.

Morgan Creek have declined to comment in respond to the claims.

In 2003, the documentary "Tupac: Resurrection" grossed $8 million for Paramount at the box office, and Sylvester Stallone was once developing a project about Shakur's death, but it had never panned out.