Cassavetes Sues New Line Over “Kingdom”

He directed the hits “The Notebook” and “My Sister’s Keeper” for them, now helmer Nick Cassavetes is suing New Line for fraud and breach of contract after he was fired from directing the elephant orphanage drama “Peaceable Kingdom” reports the trades.

‘Kingdom’ is based on the life and work of Daphne Sheldrick, who devoted her life to preventing elephant extinction by endeavoring to save baby elephants left orphaned by war, poaching and culling.

Initially attached in March, Cassavetes alleges he was paid $275,000 to supervise script development and several million dollars more to direct the film.

New Line head Toby Emmerich then asked for a full re-write of Jeff Stockwell’s script which Cassavetes did for no additional charge due to the promise of directing (a full one-page re-write Cassavetes would normally charge at least $750,000).

Once the script was done and turned in to Emmerich’s satisfaction however, Emmerich allegedly informed Cassavetes he was off the project.

Cassavetes’ suit alleges he was never paid for a rewrite of the script. He’s also seeking damages for other work he claims to have passed on while working on “Kingdom.”