He says he noticed similarities to his work after he saw the film, the most damning being the a character in the movie named "Nigel", a fake composite of a real gangster named "Haitian Jack" whom he profiled in his article.
According to TMZ, writer Kevin Powell - who wrote a series of articles about Tupac for Vibe in the mid-90s - says his journalism worked was used to form parts of the story and plot for All Eyez On Me.
"After a great deal of thought and consultation with many, including my attorneys, I have filed a federal lawsuit against the producers and writers of All Eyez On Me the new Tupac Shakur biopic, for copyright infringement", said Powell on Friday of the jury-seeking complaint filed in NY against the movie's producers and scribes. Much of the drama in Tupac's life can be linked directly to Powell's interviews with him. "Rather than contact Plaintiff, Defendants, while fully aware of Plaintiff's copyright in the Original Work, willfully and improperly developed, produced, filmed and released the Infringing Work derived from Plaintiff's Original Work".
The pervasive opinion in the hip-hop community seems to be that the new Tupac Shakur biopic is, to put it charitably, underwhelming, especially for those who were privy to the real-life legend's rise to stardom.
The detailed suit highlights the ways the film copied the journalist's work including the fact that the movie's producer LT Hutton openly admitted to watching "all of the interviews" while in the process of making the film.
This seems the quandry in a new lawsuit launched against Lionsgate, Morgan Creek and others associated with All Eyez on Me, the biopic about the late rapper, Tupac Shakur.
Powell's lawyer, Keith White, said his client's "exclusive and intimate access" to Shakur was the result of trust he'd established over the years. Critics have panned the movie and Jada Pinkett Smith, a close friend of Shakur's, contradicted several scenes in the film and called her portrayal "deeply hurtful".