Legendary Pictures, the studio behind the latest attempt at a Godzilla
film, has sued producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison. This just prior to the start of production of the film, which is scheduled for March. Gareth Edwards is set to direct.
The gist of the suit is a disagreement between Legendary and the producers:
Legendary says the producing team
did little to justify being included on the project.
"Defendants efforts on the project
consisted only of introducing a screenwriter to Legendary and
contributing notes to a screenplay which Legendary subsequently
decided to not utilize," the lawsuit states. "Legendary
judged that Defendants offered little to the ongoing production of
the film, and that their likely role (if engaged) would not warrant
the substantial fees and backend compensation that they could
potentially earn as producers."
Accordingly, the lawsuit states,
"Legendary notified Defendants in writing that it would not be
engaging their services to produce the film."
Understandably, the producers did not like that one bit; after all, it was Lin and Lee who brought the project to Legendary in early 2010. Late last year, Legendary reportedly wanted the producers to reduce their fees, and when they declined to do so, Legendary started working to get them off the project. This legal action is their latest move; expect more maneuvering in the courts.
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