Trial Date Set for Producers’ ‘Godzilla’ Suit

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A trial date in 2015 has been set for the litigation involving three producers who say they were unfairly tossed off the summer tentpole “Godzilla.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff assigned a trial start date of March 17, 2015, with an estimate that the proceedings will last for 10 days.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison sued Legendary and its president Jon Jashni on Jan. 17, 2013, over the production company taking them off “Godzilla,” accusing Legendary of trying to avoid paying them millions of dollars. Weeks earlier, Legendary had sought a declaratory judgment that the three producers had no claim over the project.

Given the time frame, the case could surely be settled before then, but the setting of the date is significant after a California appeals court justice earlier this month ruled that a clause in an unsigned contract with Lin, Lee and Davison did not require arbitration, as Legendary had sought.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jashni remain as producers, along with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Lin and Lee had been included as producers since the original announcement in 2010 in which Legendary also said “Godzilla” would be produced under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros.

“Godzilla,” directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is set for a May 16 release through Warner Bros.

Lin and Lee are producers on Warner’s “The Lego Movie.”

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