Film producer David Dadon filed a lawsuit Friday against Avi Lerner and his Millennium Films and Nu Image production companies. Dadon alleges that Lerner breached a contract giving him a producer credit, a fee and a percentage of profits on the Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer “The Order,” which is to shoot this fall.
According to the complaint, filed in L.A. Superior Court, Lerner orally promised Dadon that if he arranged a meeting with Van Damme, and Van Damme agreed to act in a Lerner film, Dadon would receive $1 million, producer credit and a percentage of profits equal to Lerner’s. In his complaint Dadon charges Lerner with breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment, and he seeks damages of $1 million plus a percentage of profits.
Lerner responded, “The court will have to decide if there’s any merit to the ridiculous claim that (Dadon) is the producer of ‘The Order’ when he never read the script and never talked to us or anyone that I’m aware of regarding this movie.”
Friday’s suit is closely related to a lawsuit Dadon filed against Lerner earlier in the month alleging a similar breach of contract on the Van Damme film “Replicant,” which recently finished shooting.
In that suit, also filed in L.A. Superior Court, Dadon alleges that Lerner breached a written contract giving him producer credit, fees and profit participation on the film.
Dadon’s attorney, Mark Fields, said, “We believe all the lawsuits are meritorious and look forward to pursing these claims vigorously. We are especially interested in hearing Mr. Lerner’s explanation for why Mr. Dadon isn’t getting a producer credit as set forth in black and white in the written contract for ‘Replicant.’ ”
Fields added that he is planning to file a third lawsuit this week against Lerner alleging that he breached an oral contract with Dadon for fees and producer credit on a Steven Seagal vehicle, “The Ticker.”
Dadon’s Giants Entertainment made a big splash at Cannes this year, bringing 17 titles and blanketing the Croisette with posters for an array of projects, including the recently completed “Very Mean Men,” with Matthew Modine, Martin Landau, Ben Gazzara and Louise Fletcher.