Date: 9th February 2001

Piece Producers Sue Dreamworks

The producers of An Everlasting Piece sued DreamWorks Thursday, accusing the studio of intentionally dumping the film after director Barry Levinson refused to remove scenes that reflected unfavorably on the British government. In an interview appearing in today's (Friday) London Financial Times, Jerome O'Connor, one of the producers, said that DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg, who had recently received a knighthood, wanted to avoid the embarrassment of backing a film that lampooned the British government's policies in Ireland. Although DreamWorks released the film on only six screens, it insisted Thursday that it did not dump it. "We did right by the film," a studio spokesperson told the FT.

Source: Studio Briefing