Weinstein Company Sued Over ‘The Founder’ and ‘Gold’ Release Timing

Weinstein Co. Sued Over "Founder" and
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The Weinstein Company endured back-to-back flops last month, releasing “The Founder” and “Gold” on consecutive weekends and drawing lackluster audiences.

Now the company is also facing a lawsuit from FilmNation, which co-financed “The Founder” and blames the Weinstein Company for screwing up the film’s release. The lawsuit, filed in the New York Supreme Court on Monday, accuses the Weinstein Company of violating the “no competitive release” clause in their co-financing agreement, which provided for a one-week blackout period surrounding release of “The Founder.”

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FilmNation, through its subsidiary Speedee Distribution, alleges there are broad similarities between the two films. Both feature award-winning actors — Michael Keaton in “The Founder,” and Matthew McConaughey in “Gold” — as real-life businessmen who manipulate people as they build tremendous fortunes.

“‘The Founder’ and ‘Gold’ both appeal to the same audience,” the lawsuit states. “At all relevant times, the two films have been marketed to potential moviegoers in the same way on TV, print and online, conveying an effective binary choice to the viewer: to see one movie or the other.”

The lawsuit includes an image of ads for both films on opposite pages of the New York Times.

FilmNation alleges it notified the Weinstein Company of the breach of the agreement in November, when it first learned of the close proximity of the release dates. FilmNation is seeking $15 million in damages.

In response, Weinstein Company attorney Evan Chesler said, “The company did not breach the agreement and will defend itself in court.”

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  1. They’re anti-capitalist propaganda. We’re speaking with our wallets against Hollyweird hypocrites and their Commie Chinese financiers.

  2. coni says:

    Hollywood & Weinstein are finding out WE the ordinary folks do NOT like them anymore – libnuts all of them. WE are boycotting these useful idiots.

  3. Yur Mum says:

    “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw

  4. Steve Barr says:

    Kirk : Harvey Weinstein is a menace . He destroyed the Oscar chances of The Immigrant. In 2014 . He dumped the film, never rereleased it, didn’t take out ads for the film and didn’t send screeners to Academy members . He needs to be exposed for the fraud that he is . The Founder was probably a little too serious for ” feel good ” Harvey.

    • Julia says:

      I bet Jeremy Renner is a bit concerned. He was in The Immigrant, he developed and produced The Founder and Harvey has just bought a film that has Renner’s in the lead role; apparently he is really good in it and it has the potential to do well at the box office, if Harvey can be bothered to market it properly or at all.

  5. Kirk says:

    It’s truly a shame because “The Founder” is a wonderful film that deserved a proper release and proper marketing support. It should have been in the awards conversation, but Weinstein dropped the ball. I hope it finds an audience in its cinematic afterlife in the home viewing market. Michael Keaton gives a Oscar caliber performance in a richly evoked period piece that plays remarkably timely and important in this Trumped up world.

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