Morgan Creek Productions said today that Voltage Pictures will handle foreign rights to the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, starting this week at AFM in Santa Monica. Domestic distribution talks are underway. The deal was negotiated by Brian Robinson and Jessica VanderYacht of Morgan Creek; Glen Mastroberte of Latham & Watkins; with Jonathan Deckter and Christian Eimer of Voltage Pictures.
Currently in post-production, All Eyez on Me chronicles Shakur’s life and legacy, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war. Production in Las Vegas and Atlanta wrapped in the spring.
The feature is written by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Steve Bagatourian, and is directed by Benny Boom. All Eyez on Me stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr as Shakur, Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Lauren Cohan as Leila Steinberg and Jamal Woolard as Biggie Smalls. James G. Robinson and David Robinson from Morgan Creek are producing with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton.
Voltage Pictures President and COO Jonathan Deckter said in a statement: “Benny and the team have made a highly stylized, emotional, entertaining and relevant film which Voltage looks forward to bringing to the international community and the legions of Tupac fans worldwide. In addition, I couldn’t be happier to work with Jim, Brian, David and my friends at Morgan Creek again.”
Added Morgan Creek Managing Director Brian Robinson: “Jonathan Deckter and the team at Voltage have the same passion in selling this film as we had in making it. We’re extremely excited to have them on-board.”