The Godfather star James Caan has launched legal action against a Hollywood production company - accusing movie bosses of breaking a deal for him to star in an upcoming film.
The actor filed a $5 million (GBP3.44 million) suit against Fish Weir Filmworks and writer/director Daniel Adams at California's Superior Court on Tuesday (13Jan09). The papers allege Adams and executives at the production company backed out of an agreement for him to play the lead role in forthcoming picture The Lightkeepers.
Caan's legal team claim the star signed a contract with the company in June 2008 and was assured financing was in place and filming would begin in August (08).
But the complaint alleges the shoot never materialised and the defendants backed out of the deal with Caan, who is said to have turned down other work to concentrate on the production.
Caan is suing for breach of contract and fraud, claiming he was to be paid "$1,000,000 in cash on a pay-or-play basis... and $1,000,000 in deferred compensation".
Caan is asking damages as well as attorney fees, according to Radaronline.com.