Filmmaker John Singleton has filed suit against Paramount Pictures and MTV Films alleging broken promises to greenlight, finance and distribute a pair of future movies as part of a deal to distribute Hustle & Flow, on which Singleton served as producer. In the suit Singleton, whose most recent credit is as director of the Taylor Lautner vehicle Abducted for Lionsgate, claims he agreed to have Paramount distribute the Craig Brewer-directed Hustle & Flow in 2005 for a fee of $9 million in addition to the studio’s promise on the two future projects as long as neither of their budgets exceeded $3.5 million. Based on those conditions, Singleton as producer also granted Paramount the right to distribute Black Snake Moan, which Brewer also directed. Singleton claims Paramount made money on Hustle & Flow, which earned an Oscar for best song and grossed more than $22 million domestically. Paramount subsequently placed what the suit describes as impossible conditions on the projects the studio had promised Singleton it would finance. Singleton says in the suit that he passed up numerous opportunities with other companies because of his arrangement with Paramount, and he’s seeking at least $20 million in damages.
John Singleton Sues Paramount, Alleging Broken Promises Over 'Hustle & Flow'
What's Hot on Deadline
'Latin Lover' Seduces, 'The Circle' Broken By D+ CinemaScore, 'Baahubali 2' Mighty As 'Furious' Leads Listless Weekend
'Reservoir Dogs' Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Recalls When He "Knew Making Movies Was Going To Work Out" — Tribeca
Latest Film News
- Barbra Streisand Talks Filmmaking, Music & ‘A Star Is Born’ Clashes – Tribeca
- Palm Springs International Film Festival Sets January 2018 Dates
- ‘The Divine Order’ & ‘Hondros’ Take Tribeca Fest Audience Awards
- Climate March: Leo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Jared Leto Among Hollywood Voices
- ‘Reservoir Dogs’ Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Recalls When He “Knew Making Movies Was Going To Work Out”…
- WGA & AMPTP Talks To Resume On Sunday As Contract Deadline Looms