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Ex-Warner Bros. employee sues over firing

24 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A former Warner Bros. employee has sued the studio, claiming that he was fired for reporting errors in participation statements that determine residual, royalties and other payments associated with The Exorcist. Ruben Mellado claims that as many as 140 other titles and works may be affected by the discrepancies, which were allegedly verified by an independent analyst. Warner Bros. said it was policy not to comment on pending litigation. Mellado's firing was "based upon his reporting of errors in participation statements to Warner Bros., which potentially subjected Warner Bros. to enormous liability for payments to artists, actors, directors, writers and other individuals and/or participants entitled to payments for use of their works," according to the complaint, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The case alleges unfair business practices, wrongful termination and defamation. »

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'Exorcist' prequel loses 2nd helmer

16 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Exorcist: The Beginning, the bedeviled prequel to the 1973 horror hit The Exorcist, has run into new problems, with Morgan Creek Prods. and director Paul Schrader jointly announcing Monday that Schrader, who completed principal photography in February, is no longer working on the film. Schrader took over the project in preproduction when the late director John Frankenheimer became ill, but he and producers James G. Robinson and Guy McElwaine ran up against creative issues in postproduction. Sources said Schrader's name will probably remain on the completed film. No replacement director has been named for the project, which is scheduled for release early next year through Warner Bros. Pictures. »

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Par Pics to crack 'Skulls' for Friedken

4 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount Pictures has optioned Robert Silverberg's sci-fi novel The Book of Skulls for William Friedkin to direct with studio-based Alphaville producing. Jeff Davis will adapt the project, a psychological horror story about four college students who discover an ancient book that provides the secret to eternal life -- a secret that comes with a terrible price. Producers Bruce Bernhard and Sam Gaglani brought the property to Alphaville and will produce with company principals Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel. Alphaville executive Rebecca Nelson is overseeing. "To be writing a psychological horror film for William Friedkin, the man who set the standard in the genre by directing what is considered the scariest and most viscerally disturbing movie of all time, is more than a writer could hope for," said Davis, referring to the filmmaker's classic The Exorcist. Friedkin, repped by WMA, most recently directed The Hunted. Davis is repped by Victoria Wisdom at Becsey Wisdom Kalajian, manager Zach Tann at Zide/Perry Entertainment and attorney Christopher Tricarico of KMZ Rosenman. He wrote Retribution for filmmaker Kevin Williamson and Dimension Films. Bernhard is repped by Cine/Lit and attorney Leanna Gutman. Gaglani is repped by UTA and attorney Tal Vigderson. »

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'Exorcist' suit spins to court

14 July 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

More than two years after it was filed, the breach of contract lawsuit brought by William Blatty and William Friedkin against Warner Bros. regarding the rerelease of the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist is set to begin with jury selection Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In May 2001, Blatty, the writer of the film, and Friedkin, its director, filed suit against the film's producer and distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures, and its AOL Time Warner affiliated cable networks TNT and TBS, seeking potentially tens of millions of dollars. Friedkin and Blatty claim breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and seek imposition of trust and accounting concerning revenues gained from the original film and The Exorcist -- The Version You've Never Seen, which was released in September 2001. They are being represented by Bertram Fields of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella. »

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'Exorcist' Writer and Director Sue Studio

23 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The author of The Exorcist and the director of the classic 1973 movie have filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. - claiming the studio didn't do enough to make them money. William Peter Blatty, who wrote the novel and screenplay, and director William Friedkin, claim Warner Bros. breached its fiduciary duty by self-dealing the rights for a newer version of the film. They claim the studio would sell the rights to its sister cable television networks, TNT and TBS, for little to no profit. The studio claims it has no financial responsibility to the men, who were hired to perform a service and were paid for that service. "They received a specified percentage of the net profits," says Warner Bros lawyer David L Burg. Lawrence Iser, Blatty and Friedkin's lawyer, says when Warner wanted a new version of The Exorcist, the studio asked them to return to work. The studio made hundreds of millions of dollars and made promises of profits to both men it didn't keep, Iser says. Blatty and Friedkin are seeking unspecified damages. »

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