Brad Pitt has reportedly been accused of breach of contract by executives at Paramount.
The actor, who owns Plan B productions, Is feuding with studio executives over feature film 12 Years a Slave, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The trade publication reports Paramount is angered Plan B pulled back on a deal to offer first option to finance and distribute the Steve McQueen feature starring Brad alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.
According to THR, New Regency scooped the opportunity and agreed to co-finance and distribute the film through Fox Searchlight.
12 Years a Slave, based on based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, tells the story of a free black man in Washington, D.C. who was sold into slavery in the 1840s.
The film has enjoyed a limited release, grossing approximately $3.4 million since it hit cinemas earlier this year.
Spokespersons for Brad, Paramount and Plan B have not commented on the report.
The actor’s relationship with the studio is said to have become increasingly tense in recent months.
“According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Pitt is free to accept roles in films at other studios and take a producing credit without cutting in Paramount. But the studio’s position is that Pitt’s company must give Paramount an opportunity to come in on projects that Plan B develops,” THR claims.
“Paramount is said to be contemplating what steps to take, if any, in the wake of this alleged breach.”
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