Producers and distributors argue over agreement
The release of Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor’s ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ has been delayed in the US following a court order.
The hold-up stems from a dispute beteen the producers and distributors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Studio EuropaCorp is alleging that Consolidated Pictures owe them $3 million, which they want paid before the film comes out in the US. California District Court Judge Dale Fischer has delayed the release, which is now expected to be in October, not July as originally planned.
EuropaCorp filed legal action against Consolidated, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract, but the distributors claim that the studio did not give them the movie by the date arranged and had breached its side of the agreement.
Consolidated‘s lawyer Robert Chapman said: “This was only a preliminary ruling pending a final determination by the arbitrator. We believe the arbitrator will find in favour of my clients.”
However, EuropaCorp‘s lawyer Dale Kinsella dismissed their arguments, declaring: “No amount of spin from Consolidated can mask the fact that Europa persuaded a federal district judge that Consolidated breached the contract by never having paid a dime for this picture, and that they had therefore no right to claim to be a distributor or claim to distribute the film, period. Nothing in the judge’s order in any way effects Europa’s right to distribute the film from this point forward.”