”It” producer sues Warner Bros for breach of contract

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One of the producers of the original “It” TV miniseries, has sued Warner Bros, for allegedly breaching the studio contract by making the ‘It Chapter Two’’ without him.

Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky were running Telepictures in the early 1980s when they acquired the rights to the Stephen King novel.

They developed the project miniseries for ABC and stayed on through pre-production, but left the company after it merged with Lorimar and were given a company credit on the miniseries, which aired in 1990.

According to the lawsuit, the pair signed a deal with Lorimar that made them “non-exclusive executive producers,” with back end participation and rights to involvement in any sequel, spinoff or remake of the show.

The suit alleges that Warner Bros. stopped issuing profit statements in 1995 and never consulted either of the producers about the film adaptations.

“It” was released in 2017, which grossed $700 million worldwide. “It: Chapter Two” is due to be out in September.

The suit also claims that they are entitled to 10 per cent of net profits of any remake, which the suit alleges will amount to tens of millions of dollars.

The suit also accuses Warner Bros. of short-changing them on profit participation from the miniseries.

In March, the studio issued its first participation statement in 24 years, showing that the producers were owed $1 million.

The suit claims that Warner Bros. has substantially under-reported profits and improperly withheld payments.

Konigsberg died in 2016 at the age of 83 while Sanitsky, 67, is pursuing the case through the partners’ corporate entities.

Their companies are represented by Dale Kinsella of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump and Aldisert.

Warner Bros. declined to comment.

 

Rahila L.