If you ask journalist, Kevin Powell, All Eyez On Me" producers bit off his interviews to create the biopic...and without his permission.
Kevin Powell wrote a series of articles for Vibe in the mid '90s focusing on Tupac's two major influences -- the civil rights movement (his mother, Afeni Shakur, was a Black Panther) ... and the gangsta rap movement.
According to the suit, 'Eyez' executive producer L.T. Hutton did an interview just this month, saying he looked at "all of the interviews" of Tupac to make the movie. Powell -- who you'd also recognize from season one of "Real World" -- says after seeing the movie he saw many similarities to his articles.
For instance, there's a character named Nigel ... who Powell believes is based on a real person named Haitian Jack. He says details of Nigel's relationship with Tupac seen in the movie could only have come from his articles.
He says the movie also features a journalist, played by Hill Harper, talking to Pac in prison ... just as he did. Sources connected to Powell tell TMZ the parallel isn't lost on the public, because he's been asked multiple times if Hill's character is based on him.
TMZ was told Powell's currently working on a Tupac biography, but before that comes out he's shooting for the moon with this lawsuit. He's asking a judge to immediately block the film from playing in theaters ... and award him a slice of the profits it's already earned.