French Producer Thomas Langmann Wins Suit Against Pathe

The film studio is forced to pay 30 percent of profits from Dany Boon's box office hit "Nothing to Declare."

A French court had something to declare in favor of French superproducer Thomas Langmann in a lawsuit he filed against Pathe over recent title Nothing to Declare.

Langmann accused the Gallic studio of neglecting to include his late father Claude Berri in the option and rights of Dany Boon’s latest title, now a French box office hit.

The court ruled that Pathe must share 30 percent of its profits from the box-office hit with Langmann and his brother Darius and credit Berri for the title. Pathe also has one month to reveal its profits from the film and will pay the Langmann brothers up to 12 million euros.

Berri signed a three-picture deal with Boon, but died before Nothing to Declare was released, leading Pathe to neglect to include him in the film’s production. Berri produced Boon’s first two films, La Maison du Bonheur and box office record-breaker Welcome to the Sticks.

After Berri’s death in 2009, Boon developed Nothing with Pathe, ignoring Berri’s involvement in the project and also that of his son Langmann and his production company La Petite Reine.

Released in February, Nothing to Declare is currently the top box office title in France this year with almost 10 million tickets sold. When asked to comment on the case, Langmann told The Hollywood Reporter: "I have nothing to declare."

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