No one knows just how tied-in with the streets Aaron Hernandez really was, but we know he at least associated with plenty gang members.
Hernandez lived and lost a life worthy of a mystery film, and esteemed Hollywood producer Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Patriot” and “Molly’s Game”) is planning to bring his story to the big screen.
There’s just one problem.
It seems some of Hernandez’s alleged gang member friends are being used in a war between opposing producers over movie rights; which of course will undoubtedly make a film company a ton of money, given America’s fascination with killers & criminals.
Via TMZ Sports:
Gordon says another Hollywood producer, Todd Guzze, is pissed — claiming HE owns the rights to the film and has made threats against him and his employees to get Gordon to stop production.
In court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Gordon says Guzze left a voicemail referencing two huge street gangs, The Latin Kings and The Bloods — saying Aaron was a member of both gangs and noting that he was “keeping them at bay right now.”
Gordon says Guzze threatened physical harm by saying, “I don’t need to tell you how [the gangs] work … They’re right here in L.A.”
Gordon says the threats continued online. One message said, “Are you ready? I hope it’s worth it.”
In the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Gordon is asking the judge to keep Guzze at least 300 yards from his office and all of his employees.
We reached out to Guzze, who tells TMZ Sports, “Mark Gordon has taken this too far. Aaron Hernandez is a very sensitive story and I’ve made him aware on multiple occasions that no one is doing this story but the family and the original partners that were closely tied to Aaron and his estate.”
He added, “There is more to come, concerning Aaron’s story, and by making this a public spectacle, I feel it’s just throwing gasoline on the fire.”
It sounds to me like either Guzze is trying to strongarm the rights to tell the Aaron Hernandez story, or he’s bluffing hoping Gordon caves to the pressure.
As I said before, whoever makes this movie will likely see a fantastic payday, so don’t expect this to be the end of this story.