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Spinal Tap lawsuit now seeks $400 million

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This lawsuit goes far beyond 11. This is Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean along with director Rob Reiner have decided to join co-star Harry Shearer’s suit against Vivendi and StudioCanal and now are demanding $400 million in damages. 

The Hollywood Reporter says the complaint remains the same as Shearer’s original claim filed last October: The actors and director say they’ve been given less than $200 in merchandising and music sales income over the last several decade. The original agreement over the movie, released in 1984, was for the foursome to get 40 percent of net receipts.

Shearer’s original complaint asked for $125 million.

Though Spinal Tap is considered one of 1984’s best movies and one of the best satires of the last 40 years, it wasn’t a big success at the box office. But rentals, movie sales and soundtrack sales are surely worth more than $200, right? I guess that’s up for the courts to decide on the fine line between clever and stupid.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 5:07pm]


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