May 17, 2023 |

Kibler Fowler & Cave LLP Files Complaint Against Martin Scorsese

On May 15, 2023, Kibler Fowler & Cave’s Entertainment & Intellectual Property Litigation practice group filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of its client, Op-Fortitude Ltd., a company formed to produce a full-length World War II motion picture, “Operation: Fortitude,” against famed director and producer Martin Scorsese and his production company Sikelia Productions. As was reported in The Hollywood Reporter and Law360, Op-Fortitude contracted with Scorsese and Sikelia in January 2022 for Scorsese to serve as executive producer, select a director, and assemble a cast for the motion picture. The contract called for a $1 million payment, with $500,000 paid at signing. Although more than 15 months have passed since the contract was signed, Scorsese has done nothing to further the production of the motion picture and has been non-responsive to Op-Fortitude, leaving Op-Fortitude with no option but to pursue its breach of contract, rescission, and conversion claims in court. Op-Fortitude is seeking return of the $500,000 initial payment as well as punitive damages.

The KF&C team includes Partner John Fowler, Counsel Michael Carnevale and Associate Charles Cardinal.

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