'All Eyez On Me': Writer sues director of Tupac movie

Peter Castro
June 25, 2017

Powell points to an interview by the film's executive producer L.T. Hutton, who said that he looked at "all of the interviews" of Tupac to make the film.

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.

The three Vibe articles in question - "Exclusive: Is Tupac Crazy or Just Misunderstood", "Tupac Shakur Jailhouse Exclusive", "Live from Deathrow" - were published in February 1994, April 1995 and February 1996, and offer a striking view into Shakur's famously nuanced thinking during the most critical time of his career.

Powell is suing bosses at the film's studio Lionsgate, as well as those with production and writing credits on the new film. Powell wrote interview Tupac Shakur for Vibe magazine in the 1990s.

The lawsuit says, for instance, the film's fictional character Nigel is based on a character Powell wrote about in one of his magazine articles. Kevin's exclusive and intimate access to Tupac Shakur came as a result of the trust established over the years. This included fact-specific narrative changes and character creation in an effort to protect the legacy that Tupac was still building.

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The 16-page document states there were "stories with fiction characters and re-worked narratives that are unique to the Original Work" (a.k.a. Powell's interviews) "that appear in the Infringing Work" (a.k.a. All Eyez on Me).

Brooklyn-based attorneys White and Kenneth Montgomery represent Powell in the action.

This seems the quandry in a new lawsuit launched against Lionsgate, Morgan Creek and others associated with All Eyez on Me, the biopic about the late rapper, Tupac Shakur.

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

This isn't the first celebrity to speak out on All Eyez on Me in a negative context, as Jada Pinkett Smith tweeted against the film for using made up scenarios between her and Tupac.

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