Conor McGregor’s Hollywood Debut In Jeopardy As Lawsuit Threatens Film Release

Conor McGregor’s Hollywood debut is in doubt after his upcoming movie Road House could be pulled.

That is according to Deadline. McGregor features in the 1989 remake alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. The plot centres on Gyllenhaal’s character, Elwood Dalton, a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse. The work is not satisfying as he crosses paths with the main villain, Knox, portrayed by McGregor. The film was set to be released on March 21 via Amazon Video Prime, but that is now in doubt.

A lawsuit has been filed against MGM Studios and Amazon Studios, its parent company. According to the complaint, Hill, who goes by the pseudonym David Lee Henry, moved to recover the copyright to his screenplay on Nov. 10, 2021, meaning that he would claw back the rights to his work in two years. He alleges that MGM and Amazon refused to acknowledge the termination and to license his screenplay.

Lawsuit

“This case arises from Defendants’ blatant copyright infringement due to their willful failure to license the requisite motion picture and ancillary rights to Hill’s Screenplay underlying their derivative 2024 remake as required by law. Hill is further informed and believes and based thereon alleges that Defendants went so far as to take extreme measures to try to meet this deadline.

“[This was] at considerable additional cost, including by resorting to the use of AI during the 2023 strike of the Screen Actor’s Guild to replicate the voices of the 2024 Remake’s actors for purposes of Automatic Dialogue Replacement, all in knowing violation of the collective bargaining agreements of both SAG and the Director’s Guild of America to which Defendants were signatories attorney Marc Toberoff wrote in the 19-page complaint,” Attorney Marc Toberoff

The news is a massive blow since McGregor was vocal about turning down several movie roles before taking up this project. With only a few weeks left before the release date, McGregor’s acting debut hangs in the balance.

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