He’s been mentioned in a ton of rap hits as the creator & founder of BMF (Black Mafia Family), a high-profile drug trafficking organization that reigned from the late 80’s to early 2000’s.
[FLASHBACK: Atlanta BMF Arrest Footage [Video]]
There was once a BMF billboard located on the side of one of Atlanta’s major highways and he’s also credited with being the creator of ‘making it rain,’ the act of throwing money in the air, which started with Meech & his entourage who would drop over $50,000 a night in the club (6 days a week)!
[WATCH: BMF Documentary Footage… (VIDEO) ]
Last year, I brought you guys some EXCLUSIVE tea about a BMF (Black Mafia Family) movie deal that was in the works and the information was validated by Big Meech, himself.
Tammy Cowins, Meech’s best friend and CEO of BMF Entertainment Group, has been working hard on his behalf to bring his life story to the big screen and now, she’s finally inked a deal that will make it happen!
I spoke with Cowins at length yesterday (June 20, 2014) about the situation and it’s definitely a ‘GO’… she even confirmed that Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson is an integral part of making it all come together!
News of a BMF movie has been circulating for a while now but it’s finally official!
Tammy Cowins confirmed to me last night that Emett Furla Oasis (EFO) films secured the life rights to Big Meech’s story last week (Thursday June 12, 2014 to be exact) and will produce & finance a film about the life of Demetrius Flenory aka Big Meech.
As BMF flourished, Big Meech tried to go legit by forming the hip-hop music business BMF Entertainment but the Drug Enforcement Administration eventually caught up with them, indicting members of the Black Mafia Family.
The enterprise reportedly earned over $270 million during its run, and Big Meech was ultimately convicted in Federal court under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute. He was sentenced to serve 30 years to life and is currently appealing his convictions.
All of that makes for good drama and for the record, Tammy is über excited about the project making it’s way to the big screen (and having 50 cent involved can’t be a bad thing either)! I asked Cowins about Jackson’s involvement and she confirmed:
He’s one of the executive producers, along with myself. We’re excited about that as well. Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb will be executive producing and Tim Sullivan will co-produce. So we’re definitely excited about it.
Any idea on who would portray Big Meech in the film?
I can’t comment on that until it’s official.
Tammy Cowins on what it’s like to be Big Meech’s best friend & business partner:
It’s not difficult, it’s actually exciting.
I get it from all ends. You have your haters… and you have your motivators.
Looking at the blogs and everything, you know people are going to make their negative comments and people are going to make their positive comments. But I can tell you, this has been one of the best experiences in my life to have him as my best friend.
And there’s nothing really that I would nor do for Meech and I’m sure the feelings are mutual.
Tammy on ‘unauthorized’ uses of Big Meech’s image…
From a business perspective, I have to tell you that there are so many people out there claiming so much that Meech hasn’t signed off on.
You’ve got people doing fake documentaries… people doing fake DVDs, making t-shirts… throwing parties.
I can tell you this weekend, they’re throwing him a party which is actually legitimate up in Detroit, Michigan. He’s actually excited about that.
Sidebar: June 21st happens to be Big Meech’s birthday and Detroit honored him today with ‘Big Meech Day’…
Tammy Cowins on controversy surrounding the new film deal:
Since we’ve made this announcement people are calling EFO claiming that they have the life rights… oh they are directing it… that they wrote the script… that they’re producing it… that ‘Tammy and Meech promised’ them that… but just for the record Michelle, we haven’t promised anyone anything.
We were signed into a previous contract but it expired and the rights were up for grabs, so it was basically who could come up with the best offer and make the best movie. So we went with Emett Furla Oasis and we’re very excited about it.
So there you have it! EFO Film principals Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce the film with Flenory, Tammy Cowins, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, David Robinson, LT Hutton, and Barry Brooker.
Jackson announced his involvement online last week with the following post:
Congratulations again on the film deal Tammy! I sincerely appreciate you speaking to StraightFromTheA about this first! Oh… and Happy Birthday Meech!
What do you think about news of BMF’s new movie deal & 50 cent’s involvement in the film?
Are you looking forward to seeing Big Meech’s life story on the big screen?