The actor's production company supposedly broke a deal with the studio to distribute the acclaimed film.
Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt has a long-standing professional relationship with major studio Paramount Pictures, with their most recent venture being his zombie horror film "World War Z". But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this relationship now stands to get its first blow, a disagreement over the historical drama "12 Years a Slave", the Oscar award contender produced by Pitt.
Paramount executives believe that Pitt's production company, Plan B, breached a deal by failing to offer Paramount the first option to finance and distribute the Steve McQueen-directed film. The Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender starrer is co-financed by New Regency and distributed via Fox Searchlight, from a concept first discussed by Pitt with McQueen that he eventually co-wrote with writer John Ridley.
Under a position that Pitt's company is under contract to give Paramount the chance to come in on projects developed by Plan B, the studio is reportedly contemplating on what steps to take in light of the alleged breach, with its chairman Brad Grey being deliberately misled, not by Pitt himself, but by Plan B executives. As an actor, Pitt is free to accept roles in films at other studios.
The tension between the two parties seem to have stemmed from the troubled production of "World War Z", with the third act of the flick needing to be re-conceived and re-shot. Despite a $540 million box-office draw, it was apparently less than what the studio expected.