The producers of Tupac’s biopic are about to go head-to-head in a court battle. According to Billboard, the production company Emmett Furla Oasis has filed a lawsuit against Morgan Creek Productions for setting a budget and production schedule and selecting a leading star without their approval. Emmett Furla is seeking $10 million in damages.
Randall Emmett and George Furla say the film had been stalled until they came on board in 2013. When Emmett and Furla became apart of the film, their agreement with Morgan Creek Productions stated that the production budget would not exceed $30 million, they would be included in the approval of the production schedule and would have full control over who would be the director and leading man.
Emmett and Furla claim that they arranged a deal with Open Roads Films for the biopic but Morgan Creek rejected it initially, only to return to them and sign a deal. This violated the production agreement. Morgan Creek also suddenly rushed Emmett/Furla to produce evidence that they could pay for half of the film’s budget or risk not being a part of the film after the success of Straight Outta Compton biopic. They also wanted them to agree to new terms that were not in their original agreement and brought them a budge of $34 million. Emmett and Furla also claim that Morgan Creek was meeting with an actor that they were pursuing to play Tupac without informing them, which was apart of their agreement.
Emmett and Furla are claiming breaches of contract, breach of the implied covenant and breach of fiduciary duty.