Evan Rachel Wood hasn’t exactly been having an easy time of things lately, has she? First her marriage ends, then she’s accused of being a homewrecker in Michelle Rodriguez‘s relationship with Cara Devlevingne and now she’s being sued for a whopping $30 million by producers of the 10 Things I Hate About You sequel that will never see the light of day, 1o Things I Hate About Life.
The story goes that Evan was paid $300,000 up front as a retainer. However, shortly into shooting, the movie ran out of money and shut down. When they wanted to pick up at the end of that same year, Evan had scheduling conflicts and couldn’t just drop everything to go back to this shitshow. So… they’re suing her for $30 million.
From E Online:
According to court documents filed Thursday and obtained by E! News, 10 Things Films wants more than $30 million from the star, including at least $20 million in lost profits; $500,000 in lost financing costs; $6 million in lost investments; and $5 million in damages.
A rep for Woods, meanwhile, calls the lawsuit “preposterous.”
“The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers,” the rep said in a statement to E! News. “The production shut down in February 2013 when the producers ran out of money. Even after that, Evan agreed to resume production in Nov. 2013, by which time the producers said they would have cleared up their issues.
“However, the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed. Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract.”
10 Things Films alleges in the lawsuit that Wood accepted the lead role in the film and took a $300,000 advance, and then “seemingly changed her mind about desiring to complete the film during principal photography, ultimately refusing without any legal justification to fulfill her contractual obligations and instead opting to walk out on the project.”
The company is claiming breach of written agreement and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Huh, I’m all for fulfilling obligations but something tells me they’re suing Evan so they can actually GET the money to make this piece of shit sequel. Newsflash: no one’s interested, no one will go to see it. The nostalgia factor isn’t even there – if people want to watch 10 Things I Hate About You, they’ll pop on a DVD, not go see some second-rate follow-up movie. No thanks.