Program Pictures is taking on the story of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who ran the U.S. drug-trafficking empire dubbed the Black Mafia Family. The production company behind the Tupac Shakur biopic that begins shooting this year has landed motion picture rights to the group, and will begin work on a script to begin filming as early as next year. Flenory and his brother Terry built their organization beginning in the 1980s, and “gave birth and romanticized the extravagant, flamboyant lifestyle that hip-hop is known for today,” taking their cues from the movie Scarface, Program says. Program principals LT Hutton and David Robinson are producing; Robinson also is a producer on Universal’s Dream House, which stars Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz and will be released in September.
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