LOS ANGELES – American actor Sylvester Stallone is suing film studio Warner Bros over profits he is owed from the 1993 film Demolition Man.
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The Expendables star says Demolition Man made at least $125 million at the box office, and under his deal with the studio, he is entitled to at least 15% of that.
His lawsuit says “motion picture studios are notoriously greedy” and Warner Bros “sat on the money owed” for years “without any justification”, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Warner Bros has not commented on the legal action.
Stallone starred in Demolition Man alongside Wesley Snipes. They played a cop and criminal who are cryogenically frozen and then brought back to life in the future into a world without crime.
Stallone’s representatives raised the issue of owed money with Warner Bros in 2014 but the company maintained that they didn’t have to pay him anything because Demolition Man had lost $66.9m.
He queried this, and in April 2015 the studio sent Stallone a cheque for $2.8m.
The lawsuit alleges: “WB just sat on the money owed to [Stallone’s company] Rogue Marble for years and told itself, without any justification, that Rogue Marble was not owed any profits.”
In the lawsuit, which was filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, the star is seeking a full accounting of the film’s proceeds, in addition to interest and damages.
The legal action also seeks “an end to this practice for all talent who expect to be paid by WB for the fruits of their labour”.