EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/Oasis will produce and finance BMF, a bio-film about Demetrius Flenory, who was known as Big Meech when he created Black Mafia Family, a Detroit-based cocaine trafficking ring in the 1990s. Principals Randall Emmett and George Furla have won a competitive chase for life rights to Flenory, and they will produce the film with Flenory, Tammy Cowins, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, David Robinson, LT Hutton, and Barry Brooker. Stan Wertlieb will be exec producer and EFO’s Tim Sullivan will be co-producer.
Flenory and his brother Terry started the organization, creating a pipeline with alleged ties to the Mexican cartels and distribution channels across the middle of the country. As they flourished, Big Meech tried to go legit by forming the hip-hop music business BMF Entertainment. The Drug Enforcement Administration eventually caught up with them, indicting members of the Black Mafia Family. Prosecutors said the enterprise made $270 million during its run and ultimately secured convictions by targeting the Flenory brothers under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute. Each brother was sentenced to 30-years-to-life and both are still behind bars.
EFO most recently produced Lone Survivor, and is in post-production on the Bruce Willis-starrers The Prince and Vice, both to be released through Grindstone/Lionsgate. Next up is the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence and the M. Night Shyamalan-directed Labor Of Love with Willis, as well as the Tupac Shakur biopic with Morgan Creek which John Singleton will direct and Open Road will release. WME-repped EFO is also producing the Starz series Power and is developing a TV series based on Friday The 13th.