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Bongani Fassie unfazed by court order to stop Brenda biopic

2018-02-09 20:20
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Bongani Fassie is not demoralised by the interim court interdict granted in favour of his foe, Chicco Thwala against the production of the movie on the life of his late mother and South African music legend, Brenda Fassie.

In January, Bongani announced that he and UK-based production company, Showbizbee, in partnership with local artist management outfit Legaci Nova Entertainment, are creating a biopic about his famous mother. 

According to City Press Brenda’s former producer, Chicco Twala then threatened to stop the release of the biopic by serving UK Production Company Showbizbee with an interdict over the biopic which might prevent Bongani’s plans to release a movie about his mother.

The movie is set to premiere on Brenda’s birthday on 3 November 2018 – but Chicco is adamant it won’t see the light of day.

Showbizbee has also announced that the cast of Brenda: The True Story will not be released this Sunday, 11 February due to the ongoing court proceeding.

The songwriter and producer claims he has the rights to her music, which he produced and wrote, and is taking legal action to stop the release of any film made about her.

Recently, the UK-based film production company tweeted their statement on the unforeseen delay.

“Due to an ongoing court proceeding, we will not be releasing any details pertaining to the cast member of Brenda Fassie movie project 'Brenda' which was due to be made public on 11.02.2018.”

The court interdict stated that Brenda Estate, Bongani Fassie, Legaci Nova Entertainment, Vaughn Eaton (Bongani’s manager) and Showbizbee are interdicted from conducting any casting auditions, promotions, advertisement and production of the movie about Brenda.

They would also be interdicted from continuing with any pre-production for the movie directly or indirectly through any third party or entering into any contract with any party for the production of Brenda movie.  

Speaking to Drum Vaughn Eaton said that Bongani was not “disappointed” by the ruling.

“It’s only an interim order. Until the rights dispute has been sorted there is no need to panic. This can only be for one week.”