Evan Rachel Wood Sued for $30 Million for Allegedly Bailing on 10 Things I Hate About You Sequel — See Movie Poster and Video
Evan Rachel Wood is being sued for $30 million for allegedly bailing on a sequel to 10 Things I Hate About You. As Gossip Cop previously reported, the actress signed on to star as the lead in a spinoff called 10 Things I Hate About Life, and the breach-of-contract lawsuit says she was given an advance payment of $300,000.
But producers claim that after production was temporarily shut down in early 2013, Wood allegedly refused to return when the project was up and running again, citing “personal reasons.” She allegedly said she could resume that November, only to again back out when the time came, claiming she had fulfilled her contract, although only 11 days of principle photography had been completed with seven more weeks scheduled.
Wood “seemingly changed her mind about appearing in the film during principle photography, ultimately refusing without any legal justification to fulfill her contractual obligations and instead opting to walk out on the project,” alleges the legal papers. In addition to the $30 million, producers are also seeking damages and attorneys’ fees.
Despite the lawsuit and its allegations, the Vision Films official website features a full-length trailer and a poster promoting the movie, with an official pitch video on YouTube (see below). The website also lists the film as having a 2014 release date.
In a statement, a rep for Wood slams the lawsuit as “preposterous” and “a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers.” “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,” says the spokesperson.
The rep goes on, “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,” adds Wood’s camp. Gossip Cop will have updates.