Evan Rachel Wood is now looking at a $30M lawsuit for reportedly “bailing” on filming of a Ten Things I Hate About You sequel, titled Ten Things I Hate About Life.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in the LA Superior Court by 10 Films LLC, claims that Wood “seemingly changed her mind about appearing in the film, ultimately refusing without any legal justification to fulfill her contractual obligations and instead opting to walk out on the project.”
10 Films Llc claims that Wood had already received her $300,000 advance for the full filming of the project. The film company claims that during a pause in filming in February 2013, Wood said she would not be able to continue filming for “personal reasons.” The $30 million requested in the lawsuit covers investments, financing, lost profits, and attorney fees.
However, representatives for Wood are calling the $30 million suit “preposterous:” “The lawsuit is simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers. The production shut down when the producers ran out of money. The producers could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed,” a statement from Wood’s representatives claim. “The producers, not Evan, have breached contract,” they say. Below is a semi-trailer for the now defunct film:
Evan did however take “personal time” off during the summer of 2013, welcoming her son with now recent ex-husband Jamie Bell. Perhaps Evan’s personal issues conflicted with the filming schedule, as she announced a separation from her husband nine months after giving birth. In an official statement the pair announced: “They both love and respect one another and will of course remain committed to co-parenting their son. This is a mutual decision and the two remain close friends.”
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