We have just had a story about Scarlett Johansson suing Disney, well, it turns out suing production companies is now the in-thing. Now Gerard Butler sues over Olympus Has Fallen.
Butler and his legal team have filed a suit against Nu Image, Comrie Inc and G-Basementertainment. They are claiming that Butler is owed $10 million in profits from the 2013 action movie Olympus Has Fallen. This has been brought to light after they ordered an independent audit.
The details of the suit cover fraud, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, intentional interference with contractual relations and account, with Butler’s team demanding a trial by jury.
The filing argues that the producers have :
“Systematically refused to pay Plaintiffs their share of the grosses and profits [from Olympus Has Fallen] producers have earned tens of millions of dollars from Olympus, but refuse to pay Butler a penny of the grosses and profits promised to him in the parties’ agreement.
It now appears that Producers never intended to pay Butler his share of the grosses and profits. Instead, Producers embarked on a scheme designed to grossly misrepresent the finances of the Film to Butler, so that Butler would believe that no such payments were due.”
The independent audit has shown accounting statements have revealed :
“That producers understated the profits from the Film by an eight figure sum and have failed to report the profits from Olympus to the Directors Guild of America – Producers Pension and Health Plans. Butler refuses to tolerate Defendants’ misrepresentations and other wrongful conduct, Butler worked with Defendants to create a highly successful movie franchise. He demands his fair share.”
It’s interesting it stated that they have failed to report profits and the lawsuit includes fraud, that’s pretty major.
Butler’s team is seeking damages in excess of $10 million, plus costs. At the moment, ther trial may still not go ahead if they settle out of court. However, Butler’s legal team will not be the only ones interested in the output of that audit now.
The movie has had two sequels, London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen, both starred Butler. There is a third sequel in the works, entitled Night Has Fallen…I’m guessing here, but I don’t see Gerry returning for it with the current situation.
When Warner Brothers moved all their new content straight to HBO Max, it seems they had to resolve things with some of their stars, partners, and other talent. This apparently cost them about $250 million in what should have been back-end payments and bonuses.
So Gerard Butler sues over Olympus Has Fallen, Scarlett Johansson sues over Black Widow, will the floodgates open on other cases like this in Hollywood?