Adrien Brody Sticks it to Domestic Giallo Release

Just when we finally thought we’d be seeing it officially for ourselves on DVD, it seems like Dario Argento’s Giallo has a lot more trouble to contend with than just the bad reviews.

As per The Hollywood Reporter:

“Adrien Brody doesn’t want anybody to see his work in the Italian horror flick “Giallo,” which is scheduled to be released tomorrow on DVD.

Brody has sued for $3 million and is attempting to stop the film’s release, not because the film bombed with critics or never got released theatrically in the U.S. (although that may be true as well), but rather because he alleges that producers lied to him in order to stop him from walking off the set.

The Oscar-winning actor allegedly signed a “pay or play” deal to star in “Giallo,” directed by Italian horror king Dario Argento. About a week into production, Brody says he discovered the film was underfunded and that producers had failed to pay $640,000 into an escrow account.

Brody was prepared to walk, but was allegedly told that the film had new guaranteed funding lined up from a $2 million sale of Italian distribution rights. Producers allegedly asked Brody to sign a new agreement whereby he would continue to act and temporarily defer his $640,000 in exchange for having the “absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness in the Picture” until he was paid in full.

Brody says in a lawsuit filed on on Thursday in federal court in California that he was never paid and that the story of new funding was “phony.” When Brody attempted to exercise his rights to hold back the picture, producers allegedly ignored him and said that they would never pay him.

The actor wants a permanent injunction against distribution of the film as well as the $640,000 he’s owed, plus $2 million more for breach of contract, breach of fair dealing, fraud, and misappropriation of his publicity rights.”

Can ya blame the guy? What a fine mess.

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Adrien Brody Sticks it to Domestic Giallo Release

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  • DavidFullam

    Fuck you Brody, and your big shit stained nose.

    • The Buz

      Really? I mean, as far as I’m concerned Brody is 100% in the right on this one. Those producers deserve to be fucking hung.

    • Ultimo Franco

      He did the work and they didn’t pay him. How is that his fault? Not only didn’t they pay him, they apparently lied to him in order to keep him on the set after failing to pay him. Again, not his fault. In large part, they are selling the film on his name and image alone. Look at the box art, it’s practically one big picture of Brody. He’s an academy award winning actor, which helps them sell the film to non-Argento fans. The fact that the movie is easily Argento’s worst film ever only adds to the mess. The producers fucked him over. Personally, I think he’s entitled to take them to court, and I hope he wins.

  • Masked Slasher

    Can’t blame Brody here, but I really liked this one and have been looking forward to the DVD.

    I’m hoping my Amazon order will ship.

  • James Coker

    shit and i thought american producers were bad,