Martin Scorsese - Martin Scorsese Issues Response To 'Meritless' Lawsuit24 August 2012
Martin Scorsese Issues Response To 'Meritless' Lawsuit
His representatives have labelled the lawsuit, which claims breach of written contract, intentional misrepresentation, and negligent misrepresentation around the filming of the movie Silence a "meritless action" and believe it has "all the earmarks of a media stunt." Instead of Silence, Scorsese is about to start filming The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of a book about mob-fuelled securities fraud, starring Leonardo Dicaprio. The lawsuit has condemned by Scorsese's legal team in a statement: "It is shocking to us that the lawyers for Cecchi Gori Pictures would file a suit pursuing such absurd claims considering the amicable working relationship between Martin Scorsese and the principals of Cecchi Gori Pictures".
Cecchi Gori Pictures, the production company in question, claims they entered into an agreement with Scorsese and his production company, Sikelia Productions Inc in 1990 to direct Silence as his next feature-length movie. They claim they've invested over $750,000 in the project, and have been paid "substantial compensation" from Scorsese in order to direct The Departed Shutter Island, and Hugo instead.
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