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'Weekend at Bernie's' filmmakers sue for residuals

Jan. 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Two "Weekend at Bernie's" filmmakers filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against MGM Holdings and Twentieth Century Fox for lack of residuals for the 1989 comedy.

Producer and screenwriter Robert Klane, and director Ted Kotcheff, filed the lawsuit Friday, saying that though their contracts guaranteed them residuals, they've never seen any payments from the film, the Hollywood Reporter said.

They said their contracts entitled them to a share of the gross profits from the screening of the film in theaters and on television, home video and other media. They estimated the gross of the film to be more than $30 million, but said they've never been given a proper accounting of its revenues.

"Each of them [has been] deprived of at least hundreds of millions of dollars despite fully performing under the agreements," said the suit, "and delivering one of the most hilarious and endearing goofball comedies of the '80s."

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