Gerard Butler, 51, filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against the producers of his 2013 film “Olympus Has Fallen,” including parent companies Nu Image and Millennium Films. He claims he is entitled to at least $10 million in backend earnings from the action film’s proceeds.
Variety reports that the complaint contends that the producers grossly undervalued domestic and international receipts by tens of millions of dollars. According to the Scottish actor, they also failed to record $8 million in payments to their own studio officials.
The action then alleged fraud, breach of contract, breach of the implied obligation of good faith and fair dealing, as well as malicious interference with contractual relations and accounting for the movie.
Butler starred in “Olympus Has Fallen” as Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent tasked with rescuing the president after terrorists take over the White House. Two sequels to the film, “London Has Fallen” and “Angel Has Fallen,” were also released.
“Producers have earned tens of millions of dollars from Olympus, but refuse to pay Butler a penny of the profits promised to him in the parties’ agreement,” the complaint stated. “Producers embarked on a scheme designed to grossly misrepresent the finances of the Film to Butler, so that Butler would believe that no such payments were due.”
“It appears the Producers’ modus operandi is to hide the profits from Olympus in order to keep those profits for themselves,” the lawsuit added.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of another A-lister suing the film’s producers. Scarlett Johansson made news on Thursday when she announced her intention to sue Disney over the streaming distribution of her superhero film, “Black Widow.” Johansson alleged that her contract was violated when the media conglomerate distributed the film on its Disney+ streaming service concurrently with its theatrical release. The actress claimed in the suit that the decision to bring “Black Widow” to television cost her more than $50 million.