We were excited to bring you the news of a potential lifetime story of the late Tupac Shakur last week. The director John Singleton would of course be the ideal candidate for the project. Presently, Singleton is filing a law suit that may impede upon production…
Singleton has filed a suit against Paramount studios accusing them of reneging on a promise to back two films as part of a 2005 deal for the breakout hit “Hustle and Flow“. The Hollywood Reporter obtained the court docs, which reveal that Singleton, who produced the Craig Brewer-directed drama, says he entertained multiple distribution offers for the film after it premiered to rave reviews at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He signed a nine million dollar deal with Paramount, he claims, because the studio promised to “put” two additional features as long as their budgets didn’t exceed $3.5 million each and his producing fee wasn’t higher than 7.5 percent. (Singleton also granted the studio rights to Brewer’s “Black Snake Moan.”) Apparently Paramount hasn’t held up on their part of the deal. Paramount says they were “hoping that John Singleton would produce two more pictures before his agreement with our studio ended in 2010, but that did not happen. Instead, he went on to direct ‘Abduction’ for Lionsgate. Paramount fulfilled all of its obligations and his claims have absolutely no merit.”
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