Narcos govt producer/director José Padilha is suing his fellow EP Eric Newman over what he claims is his share of tens of millions of {dollars} in income from the Netflix drama sequence.

The lawsuit, filed final week in Los Angeles Superior Court, says that “Padilha and Newman agreed to share equally 50%/50% (excluding any funds Padilha may obtain from directing companies) in all income, revenue, and proceeds of any nature …that both may obtain based mostly on or related with the Series.”

Padilha, whose directing credit additionally embrace Elite Squad and its sequel, additionally directed episodes of Narcos, concerning the lifetime of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The sequence premiered in 2015 on Netflix and together with spinoff Narcos: Mexico ran for six seasons on the streamer, wrapping in 2021.

The go well with (learn it here) claims that Padilha’s Cold Mountain and Newman’s Spahn Ranch “entered right into a written settlement dated June 27, 2013 (the ‘Profit Sharing Agreement’), pursuant to which Cold Mountain and Spahn Ranch agreed and acknowledged, amongst different issues, that they’d evenly cut up ‘all income, revenue, and proceeds’ acquired by both of them or their respective principals, Padilha and Newman, in reference to exploitation of the Series, on a ’50/50′ foundation (aside from the carved out exceptions).”

The plaintiffs allege that “Defendants have knowingly, deliberately, and fraudulently hid from Plaintiffs vital Narcos Revenues and have failed and refused to account to Plaintiff for his or her 50% share of all Narcos Revenues. Instead, Defendants have retained all the Narcos Revenues for their very own use and profit.”

The go well with claims breach of contract and breach of fiduciary obligation and requires an accounting. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages through a jury trial. Netflix will not be named within the lawsuit.

Before Narcos, Padilha and Newman beforehand collaborated on the Padilha-directed, Newman-produced RoboCop remake in 2014.

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