Gavin Polone sues Summit Entertainment claiming he was kicked off a 'Ledge'

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Gavin Polone sues Summit Entertainment claiming he was kicked off a 'Ledge'

Tue Aug 31, 2010 @ 04:07PM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Polone,gavin EXCLUSIVE: Manager/producer Gavin Polone has sued Summit Entertainment and a writer of the upcoming drama "Man on a Ledge" claiming he was promised a producer role on the project and was secretly booted when Summit came on board to make the film. 

Polone and his Pariah shingle claim in a lawsuit filed today that in 2001 he began working with writer Pablo Fenjves on the script for "Ledge" with the understanding that Polone would be attached to produce if the project went anywhere. Once finished, however, Fenjves "surreptitiously, and without [Polone's] knowledge, entered into an agreement with [Summit] purportedly granting Summit the right to produce and distribute a motion picture based on the screenplay," according to the lawsuit. "Plaintiffs have not been offered, nor have they received, their rightful position as producer on the movie."

The project was allegedly first pitched to TBS as a made-for-TV movie, then bounced around to MGM and finally ended up at Summit, which plans to make the film with Lorenzo DiBonaventura producing and Sam Worthington attached to star.

Polone ("Zombieland," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") says he was cut out of the Summit deal and never told about it. He claims the studio knew he was supposed to be attached to produce and went forward with a deal with Fenjves anyway. 

We've reached out to Summit for comment. UPDATE: The studio gives us this statement: “The complaint filed today by Mr. Polone as it relates to Summit Entertainment’s 'Man on a Ledge'  is completely without merit and Summit will vigorously defend itself against these claims. Summit is currently casting the project and will commence production as planned in the coming months.”

The suit alleges breach of contract against Fenjves and inducing breach of contract and intentional interference with contractual relations against Summit. The case was filed by Eric George of LA's Browne Woods George firm. 

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