Tyrese Gibson has another million dollar lawsuit up his sleeve and this time its for Teddy Pendergrass’ Biopic.
According to documents acquired by TMZ, Tyrese asserts that his company secured exclusive rights to Teddy’s life story as far back as 2011.. with Joan’s (Teddy’s Wife) blessing.
Tyrese explains that Joan offered him the rights to create both a book and a movie about Teddy.
In exchange, Tyrese’s company committed to investing in these projects and leveraging his celebrity status to endorse them, thereby preserving Teddy’s legacy.
On Instagram, Tyrese wrote:
Sadly things had to come to this….
Another Philadelphia legend Lee Daniels is attached direct me as Teddy…
This has been 13 years+ years in the makin this man embraced me when he was on this earth and shared to me “No one can play me in my biopic but you Tyrese I’m sure of it”…. -TP
Hearing those words coming from him as one could imagine put me in under an unbearable amount of pressure but I knew that I was BORN to play Teddy Pendergrass….
The first person I called was my mother RIP and shared the news she’s SCREAMED!!!! My mother was the BIGGEST TEDDY PENDERGRASS FAN ON EARTH! She couldn’t believe it….
There is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to create magic with inexperienced creatives….
I’m very very sure this will all be figured out… Everyone in Hollywood will tell you bio-pics are some of the MOST challenging films to try and make because there are so many “Narratives” and nuances that go into creating magic…. Really no surprises here….
I owe it to my mother and Teddy to get this done!!
Whatever it takes this Teddy Movie will happen….
@LeeDaniels, Charlie Mack aka @charliemackfirstout who drove me to Teddy’s home where the journey first began!
I love you both and I am forever indebted to you both and Warner Brothers for being so passionately committed to the legacy and STORY….
Pray for us…. Whatever it takes this movie belongs in the theaters!!!!!!
In the name of Jesus you know my HEART!!!
I Tyrese Gibson was born to play TEDDY!
Thank you to radio for “Love Transaction” my new single being #1 most added to radio for 2 weeks in a row…. #BeautifulPain the double album has been pushed to 2024….
If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything…..
Pray for us!
The original KING OF RASPY!!!!
Love you popps!!
In the lawsuit, Tyrese alleges that both he and Voltron have collectively poured approximately $450,000 into the project, a labor of nearly a decade in the making.
However, he claims Joan changed her mind in 2022 declining to renew the option for the rights to Teddy’s life story.
Tyrese claims Joan’s about-face caused Voltron to suffer financial harm … so now he’s suing Joan in her individual capacity and as executor of Teddy’s estate for at least $1 million in damages.