Film Fridays – George Miller sues Warner Bros over unpaid earnings for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

More than two years after Mad Max: Fury Road became a worldwide hit – going on to win six Academy Awards – director George Miller is suing Hollywood studio Warner Bros over unpaid earnings.

Their falling out has been revealed in a Supreme Court of NSW ruling that the dispute between production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell and Warner Bros should be arbitrated here rather than in California.

The directors of the production company are Miller, whose stellar directing career includes two Happy Feet movies and the Mad Maxseries, and his longtime producing partner Doug Mitchell.

It’s a dispute that seems to show why Miller is yet to make two more long-planned Mad Max movies.

Justice David Hammerschlag said the agreement to make Fury Roadincluded a condition that Kennedy Miller Mitchell would receive a $US7 million bonus if “the final net cost” of the movie was not more than $US157 million, after certain costs were excluded from calculations.

The production company started court proceedings against the studio over unpaid earnings in September.

– Excerpt from an article written by Gary Maddox for The Sydney Morning Herald. Full article found here

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