Eva Green has won her lawsuit over the failed movie “A Patriot.” The case centred around Green’s $1 million fee for the film. She heard London’s High Court earlier this year. In a statement, the actor hailed the judgement and said the experience had been “painful and damaging.”
Green had claimed that under her “pay or play” contract they still owed her fee. That was being held in escrow by her agent, even though the movie had fallen apart.
The production company White Lantern – together with film finance company Sherborne Media Finance. That took over White Lantern once the movie fell apart – disagreed. As well as defending the lawsuit, they counter-sued Green for “conspiracy, deceit and unlawful interference,”. She had deliberately sought to undermine the production and cause the film to collapse so she could buy out the script and make it herself.
Mr Justice Michael Green, who presided over the case. He found in Green’s favour and dismissed the counter-suit, saying in his judgement. “This was not part of some unlawful conspiracy or deceit,” pointing out that the actor “desperately wanted to make the film.”
However, in the movie, Dan Pringle wrote it and started to write it. It began to fall apart in 2019 after financing collapsed. Sherborne Media Finance stepped in to provide a “bridge” loan. Most of which they used for Green’s fee – to get the production back on track to secure proper funding. However, as the film market shifted and funding became elusive. Sherborne found themselves on the hook to make the movie to try and rescue the loan money they had provided.
French actor Eva Green wins $1M in spat over ‘B movie’
Eva Green got an award of $1 million Friday from a British court in her dispute. The collapse of a project she feared was destined to become a “B movie” that could ruin her career.
However, a High Court judge ruled in favour of the French actor in her lawsuit against the producers of “A Patriot,” a sci-fi thriller that collapsed in 2019.
A High Court judge cut through the vitriol. He threatened to complicate the case. Also, deemed it “relatively straightforward,” awarding Green the fee court has promised her for the production that folded in 2019.
England-based film production company White Lantern Film countersued. portraying Green during a January trial as a diva. She made “excessive creative and financial demands” and torpedoed the production.
Justice Michael Green ruled that the actor was entitled to her 10,000-pound fee and he dismissed the counterclaim.
“Ms Green did not renounce her obligations under the artist agreement. She committed any repudiatory breaches of it,” the judge said.
Green, 42, played Vesper Lynd in the 2006 version of the James Bond thriller “Casino Royale,”. He said she “fell in love” with the script for “A Patriot” and its environmental message. It became increasingly concerning as production moved from Ireland to England.
“When an actor has appeared in a B movie, they get a label of a B actor, you never get an offer of quality work ever again,” she testified.
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