50 Cent Loses Suit Against Nigerian Author Over Movie Title

A famed Nigerian author won a recent legal battle against 50 Cent to court over the title of his film "Things Fall Apart."

It looks like things are falling apart rather quickly for 50 Cent's upcoming football flick Things Fall Apart. After being sued for $200,000 for unpaid services on the film, the Queens rapper recently lost a major legal battle against famed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe over the movie's title.

According to BroadwayGhana.com, 50 Cent was recently forced to change the name of his upcoming film Things Falls Apart over a copyright dispute involving the title. Upon learning of the film's title, Chinua Achebe, who wrote the iconic 1958 novel of the same name, threatened to sue Fiddy and the film's backers over a violation his celebrated book's copyright.

50 and company attempted settle out of court with the African author's foundation, offering them $1 million to use the title. Ultimately, the Chinua Achebe Foundation refused the offer, and the film's producers persuaded the G-Unit general to change the title to All Things Fall Apart to avoid a more serious legal battle.

"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,” Achebe's legal representatives said.

All Things Fall Apart, which was written by Brian A. Miller and 50 Cent, follows 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.

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54 Comments

  • JoeM

    How the fuck can they sue over a tittle like "things fall apart?" That doesn't make any sense to me.. I could understand if it was something like somebody's name or a word they made up but "things fall apart" is nothing specific and unless the movie resembles the book how the fuck could they sue?

  • Justin Boland

    It's not a copyright dispute, it's a trademark dispute.

  • Jason

    WHEN THE ECONOMY IS THIS FUCKED UP ALL BETS ARE OFF AND LIKE THE TEMPLE OF DOOM SONG SAYS : ANYTHING GOES!!! LOL

  • WHITE AMERICA

    NIGGAS STEALING FROM NIGGAS !!! THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE. THAT IS WHY AFRICA IS FALLING APART !!!

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  • B

    Maybe this damn filthy ape should come up with his own titles and he wouldn't be straight losing everytime he's mentioned? Plus the Roots already had that album title, and no one sued them because they're not niggers. Fuck 50 Cent.

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  • RTJ00

    Hope everything works out 30. Don't give up big homie!

  • .

    Call it: ''Things fall apart for good'' It also will reflects your career!

  • Anonymous

    This nigga stay losing

  • Anonymous

    If the tables were turned around, I bet all these racist muthafuckers that are 50 fans would be singing a different tune.

  • Anonymous

    Things Fell Appart ( there go 50, your new movie name and i wont sue you)

  • 50 TAKES ANOTHER LOSE

    50 U LOSE AGAIN BUT REALLY I DONT SEE WHATS THE BIG PROBLEM ITS NOT LIKE HE STOLE AN IDEA THINGS FALL APART??? THATS WHAT THIS DUDE IS MAD OVER ITS JUST A FEW WORDS TO A BOOK NO ONE CARES ABOUT ITS NOT LIKE SAYING MY MOVIES GOING TO BE CALLED FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS PEOPLE THEN WOULD SAY OH HE STOLE THAT THE BOOK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MOVIE AND YES DUMB ASS I KNOW WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT THIS WASHED UP WRITER IS A JOKE LOOKING FOR ATTENTION NOT MONEY 50 IS WACK BUT ILL SIDE WITH HIM ON THIS

    • YoungCosby

      First off, you need to learn how to spell before you come on the internet. It's LOSS not LOSE, dumb ass. Secondly, Mr. Achebe is a professor at Brown University, an Ivy League school. And lastly, how can you judge a book when you CAN'T READ!! GTFO the internet dumb fuck!

    • @I DONT GET IT:

      Fuck you "I DON'T GET IT" You need to pick a book and read. The writer is not washed up and is in fact am English Professor in an American University right now. Damn,it amazes me how black people fail to pick a book to read. In fact, the Roots named one of their albums after the same Title to pay homage to the author. I suppose he just doesn't want to associate with some dumb 50 Cent rapper..simple as. I suggest you go and do a thorough google search or in fact, start reading more books. Idiot

    • I DONT GET IT

      THE BOOK CAME OUT IN THE 1950S HAS NO RELATION TO THE MOVIE BUT THE NAME AND THIS GUY IS MAD GET RIGHT RODRICK YOU DUMB FUCK

    • Rodrick

      The Book has a pretty good reputation This movie is what nobody cares about, another 50 Cent straight to DVD Bargain Bin Classic, lol, 3 years from now you'll be able to buy 5 50 Cent movies for $5 in a Bundle Pack Special

  • Bk all day

    Who cares about a straight to DVD movie anyway ?

  • Naija Unlimited

    LOL 50 CENT IS AN IDIOT ! HOW IN THE HELL DID MR CURTIS THINK HE WAS GONNA BEAT MR ACHEBE ( AN IGBO MAN FOR THAT MATTER ) IN A LEGAL BATTLE ? ANUOHIA !

  • Anonymous

    The phrase "things fall apart" is taken from the poem "The Second Coming" by Yeats, published in 1920. Can Achebe claim ownership of the phrase if he took it too? Seems like bullshit.

    • Camus

      Indeed it does come from the Yeats poem. Also I think the fact it's a garbage 50 Cent movie motivated Achebe because he didn't sue The Roots when they made an album entitled that.

    • jokers_wild

      Actually, the title of the book does in fact come from Yeats poem.

    • Ng

      wow you are dumb. I am certain you did not read the book "Things Fall Apart". If you did you would know that that phrase nor any of the content of the book come from "The Second Coming".

  • Anonymous

    must be nice to own 3 lil words strung together....gtfoh...worst case he coulda donated the money he made of the title to aids research or some shit....Im sure there s no shortage of AIDS over in that dirty ass part of the world

    • Anonymous

      i just googled yer mother; that bitch nasty, and you stupid motherfucker, i live in Canada so everything south of the border is dirty. You americans are the stupidest breed of people to have ever walked the face of the earth.....Too bad Hitler never had his way; whatta beautiful world "I" would live in now....think about....Bitches!!!

    • @Ignorant Anonymous

      Fucker..little do you know the author lives in the USA...Google him....bitch.

    • Anonymous

      dirty ass part of the world? that's like saying the south is the dirtiest part of our country man! you stupid. hope you catch an std or something...oh wait, u probably have...

    • Anonymous

      You need to read more.

  • Ikem

    Excuse me Mr. Sean Ryon. Why couldn't you just use the famed Nigerian author's name in your article's title? "50 Cent Loses Suit Against Chinua Achebe Over Movie Title" It looks much more better. Or maybe "American Rapper/etc Loses Suit Against..."

  • da1

    Why is it whenever I hear news about 50 cent it's all depressing and bad. And he tries so hard to be in the lime light and be successful. But when I hear news about eminem it's all about breaking new records, setting records, and other rare achievements. And eminem seems to hate his fame and could care less if he's a success or not. It's funny how life is.

  • Number 2wo

    What about The Roots... they had an album "Things Fall Apart" and it won something for the artwork/photographs, I believe... Or did dude not catch that? or care.

    • Bowski

      I was just saying the same damn thing. Maybe, just maybe it's because Fif has deeper pockets huh? Fif is an easier target (being a popstar & all, Fif is easier to hate. I don't care much for 50 but this whole lawsuit is borderline stupid. BTW I read the book & I'm still not siding w/the author 100%.

  • Rodrick

    LOL, I respect home for sticking to his guns "I wont sell the title for even a Billion Dollars" Try explaining that concept of Integrity to todays Greddy, Mercenary "Do anything for the cash" Generation These dudes out here nowadays would go on TV in a pair of thong panties dancing the Funky chicken if the money was right, all this dude had to do was sign a paper and he said "Naw nigga, my integrity aint for sale" Salute

  • Anonymous

    wow. am i trippin or is there nothing about 2pac on this site today? i'm not even talking about a long, lengthy article. at least mention it. smh

  • hiphopdx's finest

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