Tupac Estate Wins Biopic Lawsuit


Vibe / September 3, 2009

Tupac ShakurAmaru Entertainment, the company that controls the late Tupac’s music and image, won a victory in court this month, when a California judge ruled in their favor in a lawsuit filed against them by a company planning on a wide release of a Tupac biopic.

Superior Court Judge Richard E. Rico ruled in Amaru Entertainment’s favor, upholding their cross-complaint for tortious intentional interference.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” said Skip Miller, the attorney for Amaru Entertainment. “It supports our claim that Morgan Creek tortiously interfered with the making of the Tupac Shakur movie. I look forward to trying this case and have the jury decide the matter. Morgan Creek has a history of bullying people into giving them rights they did not acquire. This time, they picked on the wrong people.”

A trial date has now been set for Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

Morgan Creek Productions filed a lawsuit against Afeni Shakur’s Amaru Entertainment back in February, claiming the company backed out of an agreement to sell the rights to Tupac’s life for a film adaptation.

Negotiations reportedly began in November 2008. However, according to the lawsuit, a contract had been drawn up, but Amaru is accused of “refus(ing) to honor and perform a contract of a production of the film based on the life of Shakur.”

Shortly after the suit was filed, Afeni responded in a statement, calling Morgan Creek’s suit meritless, claiming they had been in “negotiations with several major studios and production companies, including Morgan Creek Productions. However, at no time did we have an agreement with Morgan Creek.”

Amaru feels the suit was filed in an attempt “to bully Amaru Entertainment into doing a movie with them and interfere with Amaru Entertainment’s negotiations for the film with other studios.” They are seeking millions in damages.