De Niro & Pacino Team Up Again - For Lawsuit
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have joined forces to sue the makers of their recent movie RIGHTEOUS KILL - in a dispute over a watch featured in the film.
The shot of Pacino wearing a Tutima timepiece in the 2008 drama has already sparked a legal battle between the movie's production company and the watch firm. Bosses at Millennium Films accused Tutima executives of failing to hand over a $50,000 (£35,000) fee for a three-second close-up shot of one of their watches.
And now both of the film's stars have become embroiled in the case, filing suit against the film's distribution company Overture Films claiming they never authorised a commercial tie-in with the watch company.
De Niro and Pacino accuse movie chiefs of failing to tell them about the deal with Tutima and insist they would never have agreed to the plan.
The papers state: "Had their permission been sought, both De Niro and Pacino would have flatly refused to consent to the use of their names, voices and/or likenesses in connection with the tie-in."
The stars name both Overture and Tutima USA Inc. as defendants and are seeking unspecified damages.
A statement from Overture Films reads, "We are surprised by this action as Overture Films has not received any communication on this matter for months from Pacino, De Niro or their representatives. We take lawsuits very seriously and our legal team is addressing the issue."