Rich Movie Guys Settle Beef Over Stray Millions
Michael Moore, Weinsteins in "Fahrenheit 9/11" deal
FEBRUARY 14--Michael Moore and Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein have settled a lawsuit filed by the controversial director, who alleged that “financial deception” resulted in him being rooked out of millions in profits from the hit documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Details of the Moore/Weinstein settlement agreement were not disclosed in a "notice of conditional settlement” filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Moore’s Westside Productions company sued Weinstein, his brother Robert, and the pair’s Fellowship Adventure Group last February in the midst of the Weinsteins’s Academy Awards campaign for “The King’s Speech” (which eventually copped the “Best Picture” Oscar).
Moore claimed in his lawsuit that he was owed a minimum of $2.7 million in connection with “Fahrenheit 9/11.” In denying Moore’s claim, the Weinsteins branded their former collaborator as greedy, noting that the filmmaker has pocketed more than $20 million from the 2004 film.
The legal settlement between Moore and the Weinsteins was struck days after films produced by the brothers snagged 16 Academy Awards nominations, including a “Best Picture” nod for “The Artist.”
Trial on Moore’s breach of contract complaint had been scheduled for March 28. (2 pages)