Date: 2nd May 2001
Actor JOHN TRAVOLTA and two film companies have settled the cases out of court.
The lawsuits were concerned with the film, DONNIE BRASCO (1997) and a never-made ROMAN POLANSKI movie called THE DOUBLE.
RICHARD POSELL, an attorney who represented Travolta in the breach-of-contract cases, said the lawsuits were "settled to everyone's satisfaction,'' but declined to discuss the terms, adding: "The relationship is one that everyone wanted to preserve and maintain.''
The production companies, MANDALAY ENTERTAINMENT and LITEOFFER, sued Travolta in 1996, claiming that he breached a contract when he walked off the set of The Double, which Polanski was filming in France.
The companies claimed Travolta, a two-time Oscar nominee, verbally agreed to star in the film for $17 million (£11.22million) but walked off after his character was rewritten. After Travolta's departure the film was never made.
Travolta then counter-sued Mandalay, claiming the company reneged on a deal for him to star in Donnie Brasco, which ultimately hit theatres in 1997 with AL PACINO and Johnny DEPP in the lead roles. (PDD/WNWR)