Wood was paid $300,000 to star in the 10 Things I Hate About You follow-up, but then the actress "seemingly changed her mind about appearing in the film during principle photography, ultimately refusing without any legal justification to fulfill her contractual obligations and instead opting to walk out on the project," the lawsuit claims.
Wood's representative called the suit "preposterous." "The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers," the actress' rep said in a statement.
According to the rep, production shut down in February 2013 when producers ran out of money and Wood agreed to resume production that November.
"However, the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed," the statement continued. "Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract."
The lawsuit contradicts Wood's claims, stating that all parties entered into a written actors agreement on Nov. 26, 2012, and that Wood is in breach of contract. The suit alleges that producers temporarily suspended production in January 2013 and recommenced principle photography in February, but Wood said she was unable to continue until November. The suit states that she then claimed to have fulfilled her contractual obligations by performing 11 days of principle photography and she refused to return for seven full weeks of work. The producer then "pleaded" with Wood, but she demanded "significant additional sums of money."
The lawsuit, which names Wood and As You Were Productions as defendants, is seeking the $30 million to cover equity investments, financing costs, damages, lost profits and attorney fees.
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