Filmmaker Rian Johnson has been accused of cutting his former agent out of negotiations for his new “Star Wars” movie.
Brian Dreyfuss has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming he should be entitled to 10 per cent of the “Looper” director’s earnings for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sequel Episode VIII, which is currently in production, said the Hollywood Reporter.
In his legal papers, Dreyfuss alleges he helped to set up the initial meeting between Johnson and “Star Wars” producer, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, in 2012, but the filmmaker subsequently insisted he wasn’t interested in pursuing negotiations.
Johnson then dumped Dreyfuss as his talent agent in March, 2014, a year before the 42-year-old was announced as the new director of “Star Wars: Episode VIII”.
Johnson is yet to comment on the dispute. “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is set for release in December, 2017.