By Jack Barnes
Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF.A, LGF.B) and Morgan Creek Entertainment announced today that Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label will distribute ALL EYEZ ON ME, the biopic on Tupac Shakur, in the U.S. The film is scheduled to be released in theatres nationwide on June 16, 2017, on what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.
The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records and his imprisonment. Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.
ALL EYEZ ON ME is produced by Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson and David Robinson along with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton. The film is directed by Benny Boom and stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the role of Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as Jada Pinkett; Dominic Santana (Mr. Right)as Suge Knight; Jamal Woolard (Notorious) as Biggie Smalls; Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls) as Atron Gregory; Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Leila Steinberg; and Hill Harper (CSI:NY) as the journalist.
Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide; of which his album ALL EYEZ ON ME sold over 10 million copies. On April 7, 2017 Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The deal was negotiated for Morgan Creek by David Robinson, President; and Jessica VanderYacht; David Nochimson of Ziffren Brittenham; and Glen Mastroberte of Latham & Watkins. For Lionsgate, the deal was negotiated by Jason Constantine, President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions; Eda Kowan, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions; John Biondo, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions & Co-Productions; and Elizabeth Hopkins, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.
About Morgan Creek Entertainment
Morgan Creek Productions produced numerous highly successful and critically acclaimed motion pictures including the Young Guns, Major League and Ace Ventura franchises; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; True Romance; Last of the Mohicans; andThe Good Shepherd. To date, Morgan Creek has seen thirteen of its films debut in the #1 box-office spot and has had its films honored by the New York and the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in addition to receiving several Grammy Awards.
Most recently, Morgan Creek Television produced the first season of “The Exorcist” on the Fox network. In development are a number of Morgan Creek films into TV projects – Ace Ventura, Young Guns, Freejack, Pacific Heights and Diabolique along with developing original content.
The Morgan Creek Music Group stands as a full-service film soundtrack and music publishing company, with a library of over 100 soundtracks and musical artists.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.
With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving nearly 25 million subscribers and the STARZENCORE platform with over 31 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the Starz app delivering content directly to consumers.
The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, the critically-acclaimed box office hit La La Land, which won a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, Hacksaw Ridge, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions’ Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films’ breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate’s slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the acclaimed drama The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit Starz series including Outlander, Black Sails, Survivor’s Remorseand Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
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