The Tupac Biopic, All Eyez on Me has landed at Lionsgate and finally has a release date.
June 16th. A date that would be the legendary rapper’s 46th birthday.
The new deal with Lionsgate was reached for Morgan Creek thanks to David Robinson and Jessica VanderYacht; David Nochimson of Ziffren Brittenham; and Glen Mastroberte of Latham & Watkins. For Lionsgate, the deal was arranged by Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan, John Biondo and Elizabeth Hopkins.
The Benny Boom-directed film stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as the late Afeni Shakur, The Vampire Diaries‘ Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett and Jamal Woolard reprising his role as the Notorious B.I.G. from the 2009 Biggie movie, Notorious. Dominic Santana, Keith Robinson, Lauren Cohan and Hill Harper also star.
Production was handled by Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson and David Robinson, along with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton.
All Eyes on Me started out on its long journey back in 2011 when Morgan Creek teamed with Emmett/Furla/Oasis to make the film, and hired Antoine Fuqua to direct. Fuqua eventually left the project, and John Singleton signed on. He also later left, and eventually Boom, who has directed a slew of music videos for hip-hop stars, signed on.
In October 2015, the film faced another hurdle when Emmett/Furla/Oasis filed a lawsuit $10-million lawsuit against Morgan Creek, saying the company breached its agreement by selecting a lead actor and setting a budget and production schedule without Emmett/Furla/Oasis’ approval (the case is ongoing and has been paused pending an appeal of a decision). Open Road was previously signed on to distribute the film. Read more…
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