New Line socks Miramax with suit

New Line Cinema has filed suit against Miramax Films for dealing a karate blow to their deal regarding Jackie Chan’s chopsocky pics.

New Line contends in papers filed Friday in New York federal court that Miramax is breaching an agreement that would stagger the release dates of their actioners.

New Line and Miramax contracted more than a year ago to maintain some distance between competing Chan pics. Both studios have various Chan projects that are either completed or in development. The deal also took into consideration other actioners aimed at young male auds.

Miramax quietly switched the release date of its Chan pic “Operation Condor” from Sept. 19 to Aug. 22, the same day that New Line had long planned its big summer release “Spawn.”

New Line, which would not comment concerning the lawsuit, felt the move was a violation of the agreement.

Miramax execs would not comment about the change. But Neil Sacker, exec VP of biz and legal affairs for Miramax, said: “We’ve reviewed the matter and believe that New Line’s lawsuit is completely without merit. Otherwise, our policy is that we don’t comment on ongoing litigation.”

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