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Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
What's up with 2009's tentpoles encountering legal troubles just as they close in on their theatrical release? It took months for Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox to settle on Watchmen and now we have another legal battle revolving around Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. But instead of having it between two studios, this one is coming from within the production.
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I knew Halcyon Co. was going to be trouble. Okay, no I didn't, but it looks like Terminator Salvation producer Moritz Borman is now completely regretting every getting in bed with banner. Borman has filed a lawsuit against fellow producers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek and their Halcyon Co. banner for fraud and the breach of contract. How'd this all start? Well, Borman hasn't been paid (completely) for one.
Borman alleged he had arranged for the transfer of the Terminator rights to Anderson and Kubiceck but would not have done so if he had known that they were two shady mofos. Turns out that the duo has had legal issues before that revolve around cheating motion picture investors.
So how much does Borman want in damages? Well, he lists eight causes of action, so about $20 million for each one. For those of you who can't do the math, the producer is seeking a whopping $160 million.
"Notwithstanding the fact that defendants obtained the substantial franchise rights and assets through Borman, Anderson and Kubicek failed to honor their assurances, representations and contractual obligations to Borman," the suit said. "Defendants' egregious fraud, bad faith conduct and refusal to abide by their contracts has led to the filing of this lawsuit."
Borman claims that his deal involved receiving $5 million for the production of Terminator Salvation. A hefty sum for any producer. With $2.5 million still due at the end of production, Anderson and Kubicek chose not to pay.
Soon after, it also came to light that Anderson and Kubicek did not have the means to finance the picture, had defaulted on numerous loans and owed over $1 million to creditors on the picture," the suit added.
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens to theaters on May 22nd.