A film production company is suing 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC, alleging that the company failed to fully account for the profit sharing owed to the plaintiff under a 2016 deal related to the distribution of the film “9/11 from 2017, which starred Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg.
Sunset House LLC filed the breach of contract lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages and an accounting and judicial determination of the plaintiff’s rights, including any rights to DVD sales.
A representative for Disney, which bought Fox’s assets for $71.3 billion in 2019, could not immediately be reached.
“9/11” was a 2017 film directed by Martin Guigui dealing with the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. In August 2016, Sunset House granted TCFHE the sole and exclusive right to distribute and exploit the film in the United States and its territories for five years, according to the lawsuit.
In late May 2018, TCFHE provided Sunset House with earnings statements “which purportedly reflected gross receipts and distribution expenses” incurred by the defendant relating to the marketing of the film, but the information was “extremely sparse and oblique and provided little or no meaningful breakdown as to how these reported numbers were calculated,” the suit states.
TCFHE also made no commercially reasonable attempt to remarket “9/11” in conjunction with September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the attacks, “which amounts to a waste of assets,” the lawsuit says.