Kevin Hart's remake of a popular French movie was billed as a possible Oscar contender, but it has yet to see the light of day because of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the comedian is looking to make sure he still gets paid for the film.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the comedian is objecting to the sale of The Weinstein Company and wants to know that whoever buys the company will properly distribute his film and pay him what is owed.
The film in question is now titled "The Upside" and stars Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. It is a remake of the popular French film from 2011, "The Intouchables," and was billed as a possible Oscar contender by Vanity Fair after its premiere in September 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The domestic release date was originally set for March 2018 but, according to Hart, it "was canceled following disclosure of certain acts by Harvey Weinstein, and has not been rescheduled”
The comedian believes TWC “mistakenly” listed him as being not being owed money for the film. He says that’s inaccurate, claiming he is owed backend payments, compensation based on box office performance, awards received, and merchandising and residual payments.
Kevin Hart is concerned that whoever buys TWC will not be able to meet the obligations of the deal, specifically his substantial future payments, including the residuals.
As The Blast first reported, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Leo DiCaprio were among the megastars who filed documents objecting to the proposed sale of The Weinstein Company‘s assets in order to preserve money they claim they are owed for several major films.
The three A-listers were just a few of the celebs who are trying to make sure they don’t get screwed when it comes time to sell the company. They are all worried that if the bankruptcy court goes through the assets with a machete, their royalty checks could get axed.
Each of the celebrities involved filed their own documents, but they repeat the same theme — they are each owed money for movies they did and they aren’t even sure how much because several of them claim TWC failed to provide them with accounting for years.