The screenwriter pursues the credits of the latest James Caan film | KFI AM 640

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A screenwriter is suing two production companies in a dispute over film credits for the upcoming James Caan-Pierce Brosnan crime drama “Fast Charlie.”

Plaintiff Lee Goldberg and his company, Adventures in Television, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against Boomtown Media Partners LLC and Fast Charlie Nola LLC, alleging breach of contract and seeking declaratory relief.

Representatives of the defendants could not immediately be reached.

Goldberg, who has written for TV shows such as ‘Psych’, ‘Monk’, ‘Diagnosis Murder’, ‘Baywatch and ‘Spenser: For Hire’, entered into a written contract in March 2021 through his company with Boomtown Media to obtain the option to acquire the film, television and incidental rights to “Gun Monkeys,” a screenplay written by Goldberg based on Victor Gischler’s novel of the same title, the lawsuit says.

The contract stipulates that all monies owed to Goldberg’s company were to be paid to Goldberg if a film was made based on “Gun Monkeys” as well as credits in main titles, home video packaging and other areas, according to the trial.

Goldberg believes Boomtown assigned its rights to FCN, which in April 2022 began filming “Fast Charlie,” a film based on “Gun Monkeys,” but the plaintiff did not receive the agreed-upon purchase price nor was it provided by through his company the first opportunity to make necessary revisions to the “Gun Monkeys” script, the suit says.

“Fast Charlie” wrapped production in New Orleans, but has yet to be released. Goldberg and company want preliminary injunction restraining defendants from making “Fast Charlie” available to the public until a decision is made regarding plaintiffs’ rights to writing and co-producer credits, suit alleges , who also seeks compensatory damages.

“Fast Charlie” focuses on Brosnan’s character, Charlie Swift, who worked hard for mob figure Caan for two decades and seeks revenge for Caan’s death, caused by a rival boss.

Caan died July 6 at age 82 and was known for starring in films as varied as ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Thief’ as well as ‘Brian’s Song’.