Kevin Costner Fighting Uneven Distribution of 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' Wealth

July 25, 2012

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Alleging that he hasn't received any payments for 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in the last two years, Kevin Costner has filed a lawsuit against Morgan Creek Productions for the amount of all that money he figures Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has been making, because it must have been on cable or something.

In the suit, Costner attacked Morgan Creek directly and probably without even attempting to class it up with an English accent, saying:

"Every actor hopes to star in a great movie that makes substantial profits. But if you're hoping to earn profits based on the succcess of your film and you want to be paid on a timely basis, then one company you certainly do not want to do business with is Defendant Morgan Creek Productions."

Costner says he was promised a backend share of the profits, and claims his payments started coming late in recent years until finally ceasing entirely in 2010. Deepening the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves conspiracy, he asserts Morgan Creek has been using tricky accounting to hide portions of the film's apparently-ongoing profits and "breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by packaging the Picture in the international territories for free, basic and pay television distribution and taking the package fees and allocating them evenly across all pictures in the package, rather than allocating the package fees according to the performances and true value of the pictures in the package." Basically, they're selling the film in a package deal and saying each film represents an equal percentage of the sale price, whereas Coster argues, "No way, bro, you KNOW big Cost-co is your sell. We're talkin' P.O.T. here."

Reached for response by The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan Creek CEO James Robinson didn't deny the allegations but did offer a persuasive counter-argument: give me a break, how much are you supposed to pay this guy for being Robin Hood? He didn't even do the voice. Said Robinson:

"We have paid him over $40 million. I think we've been very nice to him. I wonder how much money he has made from other films where he is participant. We've been very straight with him."

Similarly, Christian Slater would also like to be given some more money from Robin Hood, but he'll settle for another TV show. What if he's like a smart-alecky assassin?

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