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Cassavetes sues New Line for fraud

Fired director seeks payment, additional damages

Nick Cassavetes has sued New Line for fraud and breach of contract after he was fired from directing the elephant orphanage drama “Peaceable Kingdom.”

Cassavetes filed the suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that he was never paid for a rewrite of the script. He’s also seeking damages for other work he says he passed on while working on “Kingdom.”

New Line parent Warner Bros. had no comment about the suit. Cassavetes most recently helmed “My Sister’s Keeper” for New Line.

Cassavetes was attached as director in March. Story is based on the life and work of Daphne Sheldrick, who has devoted her life to preventing elephant extinction by endeavoring to save baby elephants left orphaned by war, poaching and culling. Jeff Stockwell (“Bridge to Terabithia”) penned the screenplay.

Cathy Schulman and Peter Guber are producing “Peaceable Kingdom” through their Mandalay Pictures banner. Neither was named in the suit.

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