It’s Civil War! Borman vs. “the machine” over Terminator: Salvation damages.

Posted on 07 March 2009 by Quaid

I usually don’t like to get into the legal stuff, but this struck me as interesting. Seems one of the Terminator: Salvation producers is suing Halcyon Pictures (aka. the other two producers on the picture) for…get this…$160 million in damages.

Terminator Salvation: The Future BeginsSeems Moritz Borman helped Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek buy the Terminator franchise rights from Carolco’s Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar.  Carolco closed down shortly after.

Borman was supposed to get creative control over the feature as well as a $5 million producer’s fee.  Instead, Borman claims the film was “hijacked” toward the end of principle photography and he was paid a measly $2.5 million for his services.

I mean seriously, how can a Hollywood producer live on just $2.5 million?!?

Borman goes on to allege that Halcyon is known for their shady dealings.  Get all the details from Variety HERE.

After Watchmen‘s legal battles, I’m starting to wonder if a big-budget movie can get made in Hollywood without someone suing someone else over the rights or breach of contract or the like.  Seems this might become the norm for all major franchise pictures.  With so much money changing hands and so many legal contracts being signed, rescinded and re-signed, seems there is always someone either getting a bad deal or thinking they got a bad deal.

I have no idea what the truth behind this is, but I am more than a little annoyed by the situation.  These kind of law suits make me want to slap all parties involved.  There is a lot of money tied to this franchise.  There is more money on its way, judging by the interest level for this movie.  Be adults and figure this shit out, and stop with all the courtroom drama.  

Then again, like I said, I don’t know the details so I could be totally wrong.  But I can’t feel bad for a guy receiving $2.5 million dollars to produce a Terminator film.  I mean, I’d do it for free.  (Warner Bros. take note!  I’m available!)                           

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