Producers beat Bruce Willis to the courthouse

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Producers beat Bruce Willis to the courthouse

Wed Mar 04, 2009 @ 05:13PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Willis,bruce We can hardly imagine the look on Marty Singer's face when his client Bruce Willis was served with a $4 million breach of contract complaint alleging that Willis failed to live up to his contractual obligation to direct and act in the film "Three Stories About Joan."

For some time, according to Singer, the actor had been threatening to sue the production companies involved in the film, including Foresight Unlimited, Signature Entertainment Group and Three Stories Productions. Singer alleges that  the production companies "did not have the financing in place for the film, failed to pay members of the cast and crew, and failed to deposit Bruce Willis' compensation in escrow, which resulted in the film not going forward."

As a result, Willis was threatening a breach-of-contract lawsuit. Instead, he's now a defendant in one, alleging he quit the film in September with no notice.

Three stories about Joan. Two sides to every story about Bruce.

We're guessing Three Stories can expect counterclaims any day now. Being the first to the courthouse door doesn't usually do much besides generate some press. The focus will likely be on whether Willis conducted himself properly in walking away.

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