Iconic Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has forced super rap star 50 Cent to change the title of his upcoming Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe who wrote the novel with the same title in 1958 recently won a legal battle against 50 Cent over the title of the flick.
Upon learning about the copyright dispute, 50 Cent offered Chinua Achebe a million dollars to use the title but the Chinua Achebe foundation refused. 50 and the producers have now been forced to change the title of the movie.
Things Fall Apart is regarded as the greatest book in African literature and is the most widely ride. According to the author's legal representatives "The novel with the said title was initially produced in 1958 (that is 17 years before rapper 50 Cent was born), [is] listed as the mostly read book in modern African literature, and won’t be sold for even $1 billion".
All Things Fall Apart, written by Brian A. Miller and 50 Cent, is about the story of a college football player whose sports career is cut short by cancer. The film was directed by New Jack City maestro Mario Van Peebles and stars Peebles, Ray Liotta and 50 Cent in the lead role.