UPDATE: The producers of the film are now considering taking legal action against Drake. Producer Mark Berry told The Los Angeles Times that the Young Money rapper may face a lawsuit for libel after discrediting the film about his 2009 homecoming concert in Toronto on Twitter. Berry claims that Drake signed a contract before the sold-out concert which gave him a $15,000 cash fee and promised a 15% profit royalty for his participation in the project.
“I think he thought nothing was going to happen with the film,” said Berry. “It’s an issue of someone not honoring a contractual commitment to another person.”
Berry also revealed that another section of the contract states that, if the show did sell out, Drake would have to do another show for only $5,000, which is pocket change for the superstar rapper. Meanwhile, Drake is still on the defense about the film along with James Prince. He tweeted that he’s standing by his decision to not endorse the film.
James Prince and I stand together on not supporting the Drake Homecoming footage in theatres. #protectingthefans
— Drizzy (@Drake) March 17, 2015
Drake has gone on the record to say that he has no involvement with the upcoming film Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage. The film features footage from Drake’s last Toronto concert in 2009 before Lil Wayne signed him to Young Money Records. According to the film’s website, the footage from Drake’s concert at the Sound Academy in Toronto was supposedly lost and destroyed. However, the footage was “re-discovered” and additional interviews from Jas Prince (the man who discovered Drake), his father James Prince, and Bun B were included in the final cut. “When I first listened to Drake I had no idea he was on a hit show,” Jas Prince stated a recent press release. “I just fell in love with his sound and talent. It was unique and like nothing I had ever heard before. I told him during our first conversation I would make him a star. This film documents the beginning of that journey.” RELATED: Drake Donates $75K To Revamp Recording Studio At Meek Mill’s Old High School One would think that Drake would have at least co-signed a film about one of his major shows in his hometown. However, Drake said that he nor his team had any involvement with the production. He took to Twitter to inform his fans of the truth about the movie.
The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans. — Drizzy (@Drake) March 16, 2015
The film will be available in 250 theaters across the country for one night only. Fathom Events, the company who’s responsible for the film, is proud to defend the release regardless of Drake’s blessing.
“Drake is an incredibly talented and dynamic performer,” Fathom Events vice president of programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens told Billboard. “We are extremely pleased to bring this newly unearthed concert footage to movie theaters nationwide. The exciting part of this piece is that it features Drake at a breakthrough moment in his young career in the rarified air and company of his hometown fans in Toronto.”
Watch the trailer for the film below.