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Man Sues Creators Of Tupac Biopic, "All Eyez On Me"

25 June 2017

The filmmakers behind "All Eyez On Me" kept too close an eye on interviews Tupac did with a famous journalist, and then used his work - without permission - to write their script. according to a lawsuit. In the suit, filed in NY, the plaintiff says some of the material in the articles was factual was some was "changed or embellished". Deadline reports that the movie's writers and producers, including Lionsgate, are being sued by veteran music journalist Kevin Powell for infringement.

While there are several young rappers who are labeling themselves the "New Pac", none of are actually equipped to review the new Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me.

Kevin claims a significant portion of the "All Eyez On Me" movie co-ops the interviews he did with Tupac at Clinton Correctional Facility, where the rapper was held in 1995, after being convicted of sexual assault charges.

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Shakur, one of the most prolific figures in hip-hop, died in 1996 from gunshots wounds.

Lionsgate, a defendant along with producers Hutton, David Robinson, and James G. Robinson; screenwriters Steven Bagatourian, Jeremy Haft, and Eddie Gonzalez; and Morgan Creek Productions, declined comment about the lawsuit, per its policy for ongoing litigation. Specifically, he points to the character named Nigel, who Powell believes is based on a real person named Haitian Jack. This included fact-specific narrative changes and character creation in an effort to protect the legacy that Tupac was still building. "Kevin's exclusive and intimate access to Tupac Shakur came as a result of the trust established over the years", his lawyer Keith White told the Daily News. Powell is seeking a series of damages, including $180,000 for each "broadcast" of the film.

"All Eyez On Me" debuted last weekend at No. 3 with $27.1 million.

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