Signing actors to pay-or-play contracts is a typical apply in Hollywood, albeit one that may backfire spectacularly in sure circumstances. If the studio needs an enormous identify to decide to a film, then generally they’ll be supplied a contract that ensures they’ll be compensated for his or her efforts no matter whether or not or not the venture even makes it in entrance of cameras. Generally, it goes off with out a hitch, however in others, it could actually depart the cash males vastly out of pocket.
A really outstanding examples of that is the deserted Superman Lives, which has gone down in historical past as probably the most costly movies that was by no means made, with Warner Bros. funnelling an estimated $40 million into the manufacturing. Included in these prices was Tim Burton’s $5 million wage, whereas Nicolas Cage is reported to have been paid $20 million in full after the proposed director and star each signed pay-or-play offers.
It appears to be like like Warner Bros. have fallen into the identical lure once more now after forcing Johnny Depp to resign from the position of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. The 57 year-old solely shot one scene earlier than he was knowledgeable that his companies have been now not required, however as a result of small print in his contract, the fallen star remains to be set to pocket his normal eight determine wage.
Gathering not less than $10 million for a single scene that gained’t even find yourself within the last product is sweet work if you will get it, however having additionally been dropped from Pirates of the Caribbean, you’d think about that Depp could be a lot happier to nonetheless have a job, as would his followers primarily based on the massive quantity of on-line assist he’s acquired since being booted from Fantastic Beasts 3.