Donovan Troy’s day with the Philadelphia Eagles just got better and better.
Troy, a 10-year-old from Atlanta with a life-threatening form of sickle-cell anemia, got to meet his favorite player, DeSean Jackson, through ESPN’s “My Wish” series. And then, because it rained that day, all of the players went inside the practice bubble, and Troy met all of the Eagles’ stars and caught passes from Mike Vick.
That wasn’t all, though. After the Eagles’ practice, in a complete surprise, Jackson took Troy to his recording studio and they recorded a rap song together (video above).
“[Donovan] really was excited about that,” Donovan’s mother, Tara, told ESPN.com’s Adam S. Reisinger. “We didn’t even know DeSean was into music like that. He and DeSean went into the studio and recorded a song and they gave us the CD before we left. He’ll always have that to remember.”
Jackson owns his own record label, Jaccpot Records. He put that label to a good cause that day.
A big screen biopic on the life of slain rapper and legend Tupac Shakur has now been greenlit with Antoine Fuqua tapped to direct the film.
While no leads have been named as of yet, principal photography is scheduled to begin in late Spring/early Summer on the biopic ‘TUPAC,’with Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas as part of the location shoots, statedJames G. Robinson, Co-Chairman/CEO, and Rick Nicita, Co-Chairman/COO, of Morgan Creek Productions.
The film will chronicle the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, 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.
According to Moviehole.net, the film will also showcase his days attending the Baltimore School of the Arts as a teenager, to his decision to leave his mother’s dead-end life behind and embrace the Thug Life in California, to his wild success as a rapper.
A casting call was recently put out for the roles of Jada Pinkett (Smith) and Kidada Jones, Quincy Jones‘ daughter. Both were close to ‘Pac.
In her support of the upcoming biopic of her late son, Afeni Shakur-Davis said, “I am confident that Morgan Creek will stay true to the common goal we share of depicting Tupac’s life in a way that will allow the world to see the authenticity of his artistry, his hopes, and his life goals.”
‘TUPAC’ will be produced by James G. Robinson, David Robinson and LT Hutton, and executive produced by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. The screenplay was written bySteve Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson. Universal Pictures distributes in North America and co-distributes with Morgan Creek International overseas.
Program Pictures has acquired the motion picture rights to the story of the Black Mafia Family, the Detroit-based drug-trafficking empire created by Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who entered the hip-hop music scene through BMF Entertainment.
Program’s L.T. Hutton will produce with Morgan Creek’sDavid Robinson. The two are also producing the Tupacbiopic, which starts production later this year.
“We have a passion and enthusiasm in bringing Big Meech’s story to the big screen,” commented Hutton. “We’re working closely with Meech and Tammy Cowins to make sure every aspect of the story is done correctly. Over the upcoming months, we’ll be working on getting a script together so we can begin filming as early as next year.”
Robinson most recently produced Dream House, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz, which will be released through Morgan Creek and Universal.
The film tells the story of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his drug trafficking empire known as the Black Mafia Family (BMF), a group known for romanticizing the extravagant, flamboyant lifestyle that hip-hop is known for today. Taking their mantra from the popular gangster movie Scarface, Big Meech’s life often imitated art, with multi-million dollar parties, fleets of exotic cars, and unlimited access to drugs, jewelry and weapons. During his reign, Big Meech became the highest-earning black drug lord in US history.
DeSean Jackson thought the NFL would be different.
He thought he would just show up Sundays, play football for the love of the game – as he always had – maybe dazzle fans with a couple of jaw-dropping touchdowns, and that would be it.
“You get here, and it’s the opposite of that,” Jackson said. “It’s almost like a rude awakening. It’s a real business. When you’re in college you’re just like, ‘I can’t wait to get to the NFL. I’m going to be getting paid.’ But once you get here, everything’s totally different.”
Asked to give an example, Jackson mentions the daily grind of practices, meetings, and film study.
“I didn’t really think the schedules would be as long as they are,” Jackson said earlier this week. “It’s like a real 9 to 5 [job]. I thought you would really be playing football on Sundays. But it’s really like a regular job, and that threw me off.”