Mel Gibson gets sued by ‘Passion’ Writers



      Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald of ‘Passion Of the Christ’ has sued Mel Gibson and his production company claiming that he was misled into accepting lower wage and smaller cut of the profit for Gibson’s movie. Fitzgerald was also refused extra money when the movie became a blockbuster. According to the law suit filed in the superior court Fitzgerald was asked by Gibson to write a script about Jesus Christ crucifixion and that the movie’s budget will cost  between $4 million and $7 million. It turned out that ‘Passion of the Christ’ ended up with a buget close to $30 million and took gross estimating $370 million domestically. Fitzgerald argues that he “accepted a salary substantially less than what he would have taken had he known the true budget for the film”. The lawsuit did not specify how much fitzgerald was paid for his services but the suit claims fraud, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and seeks unspecified damages. It also claims Gibson’s Icon Productions company as a defendant.


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