Cinetic partners John Sloss and Bart Walker told me today that Harvey Weinstein is “over-reaching” in his legal battle to get “Push” from Lionsgate. While a high-profile Weinstein attorney said that TWC had “a firm agreement,” Sloss and Walker said today in their statement that there was no deal with Harvey and that negotiations with TWC were unresolved.
On Friday I heard from an industry source that Overture was closing a deal for the movie. They wanted the movie, badly, but folks at the company were in the dark on Friday afternoon, hoping that they would get the movie, but wondering who else was in the mix. Knowing that Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry were on board to back the movie, later that night, I caught wind that a Lionsgate deal for the film was closing imminently at Cinetic’s New York office, but a Lionsgate rep declined to confirm the sale, telling me that the deal was not sealed and adding that, “multiple sources are probably using it to help push a deal along.” They announced the sale on Monday, touting Winfrey and Perry.
Insiders are saying that, without paper or a handshake, the matter will be resolved in favor of Lionsgate once it’s in front of a judge. We’ve got the full story now at indieWIRE.com. And on his blog, Eric Kohn compares the legal battle to the recent “Watchmen” situation.