From The Hollywood Reporter on 1/17, The producers of the upcoming Godzilla movie reboot are roaring back at the studio trying to boot them from the project.
Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison allege that Legendary Pictures is improperly trying to kick them off a project they brought to the studio in order to avoid paying them agreed-upon producer fees. They are demanding millions of dollars in damages and say they "seek substantial punitive damages to make an example of Legendary so that it and no other studio will in the future treat their producers in this outrageous manner."
According to the complaint, "Legendary's chief creative executive Jon Jashni (and now president) specifically promised Lee and Lin in writing that if they could secure the rights for Legendary: 'You know you and your partners will be well treated throughout.' "
The cross-complaint comes a little more a week after Legendary pre-emptively sued the trio seeking a court order allowing the studio to move forward with the project without the involvement of Lin Pictures and Lee's Vertigo Entertainment. Legendary claims a March 2011 contract requires the producers to be involved in Godzilla only if they are "deemed to be engaged" to produce the film. Legendary says the trio did little to justify being included and have not been involved in developing a new script for the project by Walking Dead co-creator Frank Darabont.
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