Robin Williams Suing Two Companies Over Detective Comedy
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 13:56:03
Comedian Robin Williams is suing both Frank and Beans Productions and Gold Circle Films over a promised $6 million fee. The actor contends that the companies owe him money from a pay-or-play deal to star in A Couple of Dicks, a detective comedy. A pay-or-play deal is an entertainment contract which guarantees an actor payment regardless of whether or not he or she actually works or performs.
In a lawsuit filed last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Williams claims that the film was supposed to begin shooting by April 15 but that he was informed in March that the movie was not going to be made after all and that he would not be receiving his pay-or-play fee. James Gandolfini was set to co-star in the film.
A Couple of Dicks is now in redevelopment stages at Warner Brothers and will eventually be renamed. Williams believes that Gold Circle is still obligated to pay him his fee, since the agreement was both written and oral and a deal memo was on the table. In most cases, pay-or-play fees are eventually settled.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff