Legal complications have saddled the making of Mel Gibson’s new Oxford English Dictionary film, which now hit snag due to restraining orders and a director removed from the project, Yes I’m Right reports.
Gibson said Voltage Pictures, which is making “The Professor and the Madman,” breached terms of their agreement that he would get final approval on the film when it refused to allow director Farhad Safina to complete his final cut, according to Variety.
Safina is a friend of Gibson and his assistant on “The Passion of the Christ” and co-writer on “Apocalypto.”
Safina claims he was thrown off the project prompting him to file a lawsuit against Voltage Pictures for defamation and infringement of copyright, and has asked the court to issue a restraining order.
On the other hand, Voltage Pictures claims that Safina and Gibson “held the company to ransom over extra shooting at Oxford University,” which cost $2.5 million, according to Yahoo Movies.
Voltage CEO Nicolas Chartier, who has made award-winning films like “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Hurt Locker,” says Safina and Gibson initially agreed to shoot the new scenes at Dublin’s Trinity College library, but changed their minds at the last minute.