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Paramount Sued Over Upcoming Renée Zellweger Movie Score

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has sued Paramount Pictures for allegedly breaching its master contract by recording the score to Renee Zellweger’s upcoming film “Same Kind of Different as Me” in Slovakia.

The suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court, asserts that the studio has violated provisions of its collective bargaining agreement with musicians that require Paramount films produced in the U.S. or Canada to be scored in the U.S. or Canada.

Paramount had no immediate response to a request for comment.

It’s the second such suit filed by AFM within the past two months. The union filed suit on April 27 against Warner Bros., MGM and Paramount for alleged violations of the union’s master contract for recording film scores outside the U.S. and Canada for “Interstellar,” which was produced by Warner Bros. and Paramount; Warner’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”; and MGM’s reboots of “Robocop” and “Carrie.”

“Only weeks after we filed suit against Paramount for offshoring jobs in other films, they did it again,” said AFM International President Ray Hair. “This total disrespect for musicians is shameful. It is nothing more than corporate greed.”

Same Kind of Different as Me” is directed by Michael Carney and stars Zellweger, Greg Kinnear and Jon Voight. It’s scheduled for release next April. The film, based on a novel of the same name, was filmed in and around Jackson, Miss., but scored in Bratislava, Slovakia last month.

The AFM is seeking breach of contract damages, including wages and benefits that should have been paid to musicians in the U.S. or Canada.

The union also filed suit against Paramount and the five other major studios on May 26 for allegedly reusing film soundtrack clips without compensating musicians — including music from “Titanic” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

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