While Legendary Pictures puts together the next big monster movie, they’re trying to keep a monster of a lawsuit in control.
At the beginning of this year a pair of dueling lawsuits were filed by Legendary Pictures and ex-Godzilla producers Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Doug Davison. Legendary Pictures wanted to part ways with the producers and give them a payoff of $25,000, so the producers countersued the production company claiming a breach of contract.
Ultimately the producers want millions in compensation, screen credit, and involvement in any further sequels, prequels and remakes that might occur in the Godzilla franchise. Which, I’m sure, will lead to a long and happy relationship between the two parties.
Legendary Pictures tried to get the case heard in arbitration, but that fell through today when a judge rejected the motion. Stanton L. Stein, the lawyer for the producers, was thrilled by this development.
We’re not interested in arbitration, we want a jury to hear this case. I understand why they don’t want public scrutiny of this case. I understand why they don’t want their behavior being made public.
For now the case will move to mediation. The two parties will have till September 27th to reach some sort of agreement. If that fails, a trial could be in there future. Godzilla hits theaters on May 16, 2014.