Adrien Brody is attempting to stop the release of director Dario Argento's film "Giallo." He is also suing the film's producers for $3 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Scheduled to be released today on DVD, the critically panned Italian murder mystery was a box office failure that was unable to secure a U.S. theatrical release.
Brody, an Oscar-winning actor, alleges that producers lied to him in order to stop him from walking off the set after he learned of the film's financial woes and that producers had failed to pay him $640,000 as part of a "pay or play" deal.
Before he could exit the project, Brody was allegedly told new funding had been secured from the sale of Italian distribution rights. Producers convinced him to sign a new agreement that temporarily deferred his $640,000 in exchange for him having the "absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness in the picture" until he was paid in full.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Brody indicates he had not been paid, and that when he attempted to exercise his rights to freeze the film, producers failed to comply.
Brody seeks a permanent injunction against distribution of the film, the $640,000 he's owed, and $2 million for breach of contract, breach of fair dealing, fraud and misappropriation of his publicity rights.
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