'Dumb and Dumber' lawsuits get ugly
Two producers of the original Dumb and Dumber who are being sued to be kept off the upcoming sequel responded with a legal cross-complaint of their own against Red Granite Pictures. Earlier this month, Red Granite filed suit to exclude Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler from Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel Red Granite is making with Universal, claiming the duo no longer had any contractual rights to the project after it was dropped by Warner Bros. and New Line in June.
In the counter-suit filed yesterday, Stabler and Krevoy accuse Red Granite’s Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz and Joey McFarland of breach of contract and trying to “squeeze out the plaintiffs.” The suit gets personal, painting the Red Granite pair as amateurish interlopers who’ve hijacked the property and have a habit of reneging on obligations. “Red Granite will not succeed with money alone because McFarland’s and Shahriz Bin Abdul Aziz’s experience producing motion pictures during their short tenure in the industry consists of cavorting at nightclubs with Paris Hilton and making dinner reservations at posh nightclubs in New York and Los Angeles,” their suit claims.
“Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler were intimately involved in every aspect of the development and production of Dumb and Dumber, and were on the set every day and gave their hearts and souls to that movie,” said the producers’ attorney, Bryan J. Freedman. “It is outrageous that Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland would try to exclude our clients when they have a written contract that governs their participation and compensation in all future sequels and remakes. … They think they can arbitrarily wave a wand and make facts go away, but that is not the case with our clients.”
Red Granite, which also produced Friends With Kids in 2011 and the upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street, tells EW in an official statement: “We are confident that the courts will support our position in the Dumb and Dumber To case.”