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‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ Release Date Postponed By California District Court

I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as a gay couple who go on an adventurous crime spree, is the latest movie to bear the brunt of unfortunate financial dealings that have become increasingly common in Hollywood. The precarious financial state of the film industry and the simple fact that most of the major studios have gotten rid of or slashed the budget of their independent film divisions, has led top tier filmmakers like David O. Russell and Taylor Hackford to partner up with shady financiers like David Bergstein, with disastrous consequences. Production was shut down on O. Russell’s Nailed starring Jake Gyllenhall and Jessica Biel when funding failed to materialize. Hackford’s Love Ranch starring his wife Helen Mirren, will finally be released after a protracted legal battle.

Unlike those two examples, the financing for I Love You Phillip Morris, which was funded by the French company EuropaCorp, wasn’t a problem. The distributor that purchased the film after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last January, Consolidated Pictures Group, has, so far proven to be the major stumbling block. In April, EuropaCorp claimed that it still hadn’t received any money from Consolidated and filed a lawsuit against the company for breach of contract and copyright infringement. While the legal battle ensued, the release date was switched multiple times (it was originally slated to open in March).

Yesterday, a California District Court ruled in favor of EuropaCorp in a preliminary injunction. The ruling prevents Consolidated from releasing the film until the case is settled in court.

Europa attourney Dale Kinsella told the Hollywood Reporter:

No amount of spin from Consolidated can mask the fact that Europa persuaded a federal district judge that Consolidated breached the contract by never having paid a dime for this picture, and that they had therefore no right to claim to be a distributor or claim to distribute the film, period. Nothing in the judge’s order in any way effects Europa’s right to distribute the film from this point forward.

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  1. June 18th, 2010 at 11:09 | #1

    I saw this movie at Sundance and blogged about how I didn’t care for it. It is sad though that the independent community is being forced to deal with shady finaciers these days.

  2. S. Brisson
    July 27th, 2010 at 11:57 | #2

    Can it be that “I love you Phillip Morris” was bought by CPG right after the Sundance Fest in order to block it from coming out in the 1rst place? blocking their competitor from distributing this real story between 2 men and avoiding them at the same time to make alot of money due to its popularity featuring 2 of the most incredible comedians? Finaly, is it more like a trick to avoid the all american young adult-spere to hide them from the possibility of being a homosexual as a cop? Can it be a moral issue in disguised?

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