Thursday, February 19, 2009


According to The Hollywood Reporter, production company Morgan Creek is in a legal turf war with the estate of Tupac Shakur.

Creek, run by former CAA partner Rick Nicita has sued Amaru Entertainment, the company run by Afeni Shakur, the late rapper's mother and executor, alleging in a Los Angeles Superior Court filing that the company has backed out of an agreement to sell his life rights for a film adaptation.

Negotiations between Amaru and Morgan Creek are said to have begun in November, however Amaru's lawyers have denied that there was anything signed to give Morgan Creek the rights to Tupac's life story.

"There is no agreement with Morgan Creek, there never was, and there never will be," said Amaru attorney Skip Miller, adding that the court filing is an attempt to force his client's hand.

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.