Variety reports that Weekend at Bernie’s director Ted Kotcheff and writer Robert Kane filed a lawsuit against Fox and MGM, saying the companies have failed to pay the filmmakers profits.
Both Kane and Kotcheff signed individual agreements; which first guaranteed them a flat fee, then a percentage of the adjusted gross receipts and a percentage of the net profits, respectively. They say they have been denied “at least hundreds of millions of dollars” despite the box office receipts showing that the film gross $30 million in theatres and $16 million in residuals. The filmmakers claim they have not seen any profits from the 1980’s comedy.
Kotcheff and Kane hope to get a jury trial, “monetary damages”, and punitive, general, and special damages as punishment against the studios.
MGM has no comment, and Fox did not respond.