Producer files suit against Cecchi Gori

Nunnari claims he was forced out of their joint office

"300" producer Gianni Nunnari and his Hollywood Gang Prods. has filed suit against Cecchi Gori Pictures, claiming the company forced him out of their joint Los Angeles office, seizing valuable property and proprietary business information.

Nunnari had served as president and CEO for Cecchi Gori Pictures, run by Vittorio Cecchi Gori, since 2003. Last month, he claims he was evicted from the office and has not yet received a $2.5 million severance.

At the center of the controversy is a remake of a Cecchi Gori Italian-language film "Stanno Tutti Bene." Nunnari claims he negotiated a deal for the remake with Miramax called "Everybody's Fine," to star Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale.

Nunnari claims Cecchi Gori sent a letter to Miramax indicating the producer had no legal right to authorize any such agreement.

Nunnari's claims in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, include breach of contract, invasion of privacy, libel and fraud. He seeks at least $2.975 million in damages.