Kong Skull Island BTS

Ah, there’s nothing like an ugly lawsuit to remind you that the world of film is a business, and like all businesses, it can get ugly. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Joe DeVito, a concept artist who had worked with the estate of original King Kong director Merian C. Cooper to develop a prequel TV series to the iconic 1933 film, is suing Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros over the upcoming Kong: Skull Island. It seems that a few years ago, he partnered with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and made a pitch:

During an April 22, 2014, pitch meeting at Legendary, DeVito says his team presented its vision for the Kong Skull Island project, including how the events after Kong’s death could tie to events before his discovery. Despite what DeVito paints as a positive response to the pitch, Legendary passed on the project and, because of its new relationship with the studio, di Bonaventura backed out as well.

And then Legendary announced that it was making Kong: Skull Island. So either a major studio took advantage of a guy’s idea or a guy is attempting to make money off a film he has nothing to do with. At this point, it’s not clear which is the truth, which casts an ugly haze over a promising movie.

Transformers 5 plot

While we’re on the subject of lawsuits, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Wulong Karst Tourism, a state-backed Chinese company, is suing Paramount for $27 million. It seems that they paid the studio $750,000 to feature the company’s logo at some point during Transformers: Age of Extinction and…they just didn’t. That seems crazy because there are literally a hundred different points during the film’s China-set climax where a logo could have been placed in the background. Anyway, Paramount admits that they didn’t put the logo in the movie, but claims they made up for it. Please hold your guffaws:

Michael Bay is said to have shot a short advertisement for the resort, and the Transformers production team left sets and props on the resort property, which Wulong Karst Tourism could leverage as a tourist attraction.

If that’s their best excuse, then Paramount probably does deserve to be sued.

Fast 8 is the first studio movie to film in Cuba since the United States placed an embargo on its island neighbor in the ‘1960s. That’s cool trivia all by itself, but F. Gary Gray‘s upcoming sequel wants to shout it from the rooftops, hence the brief video tweeted out by the franchise’s official Twitter feed. This is technically the second glimpse of the film’s Cuban location that we’ve already seen – just a few days ago, footage of a car chase being shot in the streets of Havana appeared online. Yep, Cuba is just as ripe for car-related destruction as the rest of the world.

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