Reps for Martin Scorsese called the lawsuit filed against the director — which claims breach of written contract, intentional misrepresentation, and negligent misrepresentation around the filming of the movie Silence — a “meritless action” and believe it has “all the earmarks of a media stunt.”
Below is Scorsese’s full statement in response to the filing:
“It is shocking to us that the lawyers for Cecchi Gori Pictures would file a suit pursuing such absurd claims considering the amicable working relationship existing between Martin Scorsese and the principals of Cecchi Gori Pictures.The claims asserted are completely contradicted by, inconsistent with, and contrary to the express terms of an agreement entered into by the parties last year.
The lawsuit filing on the eve of Mr. Scorsese starting another picture has all the earmarks of a media stunt.
Mr. Scorsese is confident that he will prevail in court should Cecchi Gori Pictures actually pursue this meritless action.”
Cecchi Gori Pictures, a production company, says they entered into an agreement with Scorsese and his production company, Sikelia Productions Inc., in 1990 to direct Silence as his next feature-length movie after Kundun (1997). The Cecchi Gori Parties claim they’ve invested over $750,000 in the project, and have been paid “substantial compensation” from Scorsese in order to direct The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), and Hugo (2011) instead.