Gerard Butler Sues ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Producers Over Profits

Gerard Butler, who starred in the 2013 action movie Olympus Has Fallen which turned into a franchise, has sued the film’s producers including Nu Image and Millennium Film in a profits dispute over the original pic.

In the filing today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Butler and his legal team claim he is owed more than $10 million in profits after it ordered an independent audit, which it said found the defendants “understated their own receipts and profits by over $11 million, including by failing to report approximately $8 million in payments to Producers’ own senior executives.” (Read the filing here.)

Olympus Has Fallen, directed by Antoine Fuqua, centered on disgraced Secret Service agent Mike Bannon (Butler), who becomes trapped inside the White House after a terrorist attack and works to rescue the President from kidnappers. It grossed $170.3 million at the global box office.

The lawsuit filed by Greenberg Glusker on behalf of Comrie, Inc, Butler and his G-Base Entertainment claims Butler has seen zero of that total from the film’s producers, defendants Nu Image, Millennium and Padre Nuestro Productions. The complaint cites fraud, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, intentional interference with contractual relations and accounting, and seeks a jury trial.

“Producers have earned tens of millions of dollars from Olympus, but refuse to pay Butler a penny of the profits promised to him in the parties’ agreement,” according to the lawsuit. It adds that instead “Producers embarked on a scheme designed to grossly misrepresent the finances of the Film to Butler, so that Butler would believe that no such payments were due.”

The suit notes the same producers’ federal court suit alleging they “failed to report the profits of Olympus to the Directors Guild of America’s Producers Pension and Health Plan.”

“It appears the the Producers’ modus operandi is to hide the profits from Olympus in order to keep those profits for themselves,” it added.

Butler has since reprised his Mike Bannon role in 2016’s London Has Fallen and 2019’s Angel Has Fallen for Lionsgate, with development ongoing in the next film in the franchise Night Has Fallen.

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