Evan Rachel Wood Faces $30 Million Lawsuit

By DAVID HUMPHREYS
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The producers of the indie comedy 10 Things I Hate About Life are suing Evan Rachel Wood for breach of contract after the 26-year-old actress allegedly backed out of the film, a follow-up to the 1999 cult favourite 10 Things I Hate About You. But according to Wood's reps, the lawsuit is "preposterous" and the producers are in fact the ones who are in breach of contract.

Wood was reportedly paid $300,000 to star in the film, which was scheduled to shoot for seven weeks in late 2012 and early 2013. But four weeks into shooting, the production was abruptly shut down. The reason for the shut down, Wood's reps claim, is that the producers ran out of money.

When the producers tried to get the production started again earlier this year, they faced another set back. Wood, claiming that she had already fulfilled the terms of her contract, allegedly wanted more money to complete the film.

“The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers,” Wood's reps said. “The production shut down in February 2013 when the producers ran out of money. Even after that, Evan agreed to resume production in November 2013 by which time the producers said they would have cleared up their issues. However, the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed. Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract.”

10 Things I Hate About Life tells the story of a suicidal boy and girl who both abandon the idea of committing suicide after they fall in love.