Movie and theatre producer John Hart is reportedly being sued by Lava Media for allegedly wrongfully trying to block the release of Netflix’s “The White Tiger.”
Starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, this is according to a New York Post report which cites new court papers.
According to the report, Silver Screen and theatre producer John Hart allegedly violated a 2013 settlement agreement over the rights to the movie adaptation of the 2008 Booker Prize winner and bestselling book “The White Tiger,” production company Lava Media claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday.
In the 2013 agreement, Hart and his company at the time allegedly gave up his rights to the movie adaptation and also gave up his right to sue over the movie in exchange for “substantial payments,” according to the filing in Manhattan Supreme Court.
But the day before the January 22, 2021 release of the movie on Netflix, Hart filed suit in India’s Dehli High Court seeking to stop the movie from coming out, the document alleges.
Hart – who produced films including 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry and 2008’s Revolutionary Road – “egregiously claimed that he still had an interest in the motion picture adaptation,” despite the 2013 settlement, the suit alleges.
Hart told The Post Monday that he won the rights to produce the movie in a 2009 agreement but that he and another producer were “defrauded” into “an elaborate labyrinth of incomplete and invalid agreements.”