Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has filed a $6 million (GBP3.3 million) lawsuit against the producers of Edie Sedgwick biopic FACTORY GIRL, in a dispute over the North American distribution rights.
Sony filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (06FEB06) accusing producer Holly Wiersma and LIFT Productions of breaking a rights agreement made in October (05), after the Weinstein Co announced last month (JAN06) they had acquired the rights to show the film in North America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Sony is asking for a court order declaring it owns the rights to the George Hickenlooper movie, which stars Sienna Miller as the troubled muse of artist Andy Warhol, played by Australian actor Guy Pearce.
The lawsuit alleges Wiersma submitted the script to the film company last summer (05) and after the movie fell into funding problems, Sony placed an offer on the North American distribution rights, which Wiersma agreed to through her agents, in writing.
The suit says, "At no time did defendants inform (Sony) either that they believed that they did not have a binding agreement with (Sony) or that defendants were seeking to sell (Sony's) rights to any third party."