Tuesday 22 August 2017

Director Singleton to sue studios

John Singleton claims film studios failed to uphold an agreement connected with the distribution rights to Hustle & Flow (AP)
John Singleton claims film studios failed to uphold an agreement connected with the distribution rights to Hustle & Flow (AP)

Director and producer John Singleton is suing Paramount Pictures and MTV Films for at least 20 million US dollars, claiming fraud and breach of contract.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles, the 2 Fast 2 Furious and Boyz N The Hood director claims the studios failed to uphold an agreement connected with the distribution rights to 2005's Hustle & Flow.

The lawsuit claims the studios promised to finance and distribute two future Singleton productions within five years but added restrictions when he submitted the projects.

Paramount said in a statement that it "was hoping that John Singleton would produce two more pictures before his agreement with our studio ended in 2010, but that did not happen. Instead, he went on to direct Abduction for Lions Gate".

Singleton lawyer Martin Singer responded by saying that the director's work on Abduction began after the Paramount deal expired.

"For Paramount to try to make his work on that film an issue now - having never raised it before - is typical of the lengths to which the studio will go in its desperate attempt to evade its legal and moral responsibilities," Mr Singer said in a statement.

Singleton is demanding a jury trial. Paramount says the suit has no merit.

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