(Pff, that’s not how you headbutt)
Regardless of their reasons, as someone maybe once said, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. And right now screenwriters Greg Crowder and Tony Freitas are looking pretty friendly. Because their lawsuit is attempting to stop the release of Jennifer Aniston/Aaron Eckhart’s Love Happens, you see.
Crowder and Freitas filed suit against NBC Universal, claiming they gave a script titled “The Truth” to Scott Bernstein in 2006 when Bernstein was VP of Production for Universal Pictures.
Crowder claims he had multiple meetings with Bernstein about the script, but Bernstein told Crowder it needed a rewrite before Universal would buy it. Crowder said he’d rewrite it but only if Universal paid. Bernstein wouldn’t pay so the deal fell apart.
Fast forward to 2009 … Crowder says he submitted the script to another film company, who told him they were “concerned that [he] might have stolen” the script from the upcoming Jennifer Aniston/Aaron Eckhart project called “Love Happens.” The suit says it was the other way around.
Crowder and Freitas are asking a judge to block NBC Universal from releasing the film on September 18. If it gets released they want the profits … which they estimate at more than $100,000,000. [TMZ]
Sources say the case ground to a halt when the judge read that $100 million profit part and found his gavel hand wanking dismissively. Also, in the early meetings, Bernstein is alleged to have asked, “I like your script, but I wonder… Can we give it a title that makes people think of sh’t?”
[Thanks to Cinematical for the assist]