5:37pm PT by Ashley Cullins
The Weinstein Co. Files $10M Suit Over 'His House'
The Weinstein Co. is suing Starchild Pictures for allegedly breaching their distribution deal for a film project called His House — in an exceptionally brief complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
TWC and Starchild, the U.K.-based company behind 2015 indie horror flick Howl, entered into a written deal last month under which TWC obtained the right to distribute the film worldwide, but Starchild is denying they have any obligation to TWC, according to the complaint. It's unclear what exactly the project is, and who else is attached, as there has been no mention of His House in the press and it's not listed by name among the dozens of films TWC has in the works.
"The Picture is a unique work of cinematic art," writes attorney Bert Fields in the complaint. "The loss of plaintiff's contract rights in the Picture cannot be adequately or fully compensated by an action at law for damages; and plaintiff will suffer severe and irreparable harm for which it has no adequate remedy if defendants are not enjoined and restrained form distributing or exploiting the Picture or any rights therein any place in the World."
Remi Weekes, Edward King, Martin Gentles and Steven Schnieder are also named as defendants in the breach of contract suit, although Schneider says he was named erroneously and expects to be quickly dismissed. Starchild did not immediately reply to a request for comment.