April 20, 2011 3:26pm PT by Matthew Belloni
Read the Weinsteins' Lawsuit Against Relativity Over 'The Crow'
Two Hollywood heavyweights are clawing at each other over a planned remake of The Crow.
The Weinstein Co. on Wednesday sued Relativity Media over distribution rights to the remake of the 1994 action fantasy that will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo with Bradley Cooper in talks to star.
In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, TWC claims that Relativity, the Ryan Kavanaugh studio, has breached a 2009 distribution agreement that allegedly gives TWC the right to release the movie globally. Harvey Weinstein and gang claim Kavanaugh has now been shopping distribution rights elsewhere in violation of the deal.
“We have a written contract and we’re gonna enforce it," TWC lawyer Bert Fields tells us in an interview. "We’re not going to let these people sell distribution rights."
"Kavanaugh decided that Relativity would not perform that contract and will purport to sell TWC's distribution rights to others here and overseas in willful breach of the contract," the lawsuit states.
The suit seeks injunctive relief to stop any upcoming sales of distribution rights.
We've reached out to Relativity for comment.