The murder mystery London Fields has been withdrawn from the Toronto International Film Festival lineup in the wake of director Mathew Cullen suing the producers of the film.
Fields, based on the 1989 Martin Amis novel about a clairvoyant femme fatale who has foreseen her own murder, had been scheduled to screen Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Tuesday, however, Cullen filed a lawsuit claiming that the producers “tampered with [his] work as director of the film,” misappropriated his name, and refused to pay him full compensation.
In a statement released Thursday, TIFF organizers said, “We have recently learned of a legal matter that has arisen between the director and the producers of the film London Fields. We have worked to make our festival a public showcase for creative expression through the moving image, however with uncertainty surrounding the creative vision of the version of the film scheduled to be screened on September 18th, we feel it is only appropriate that we remove this film from the Festival lineup. We are hopeful that this matter will be resolved positively, and that audiences will have the opportunity to see the film.”
Fields, which stars Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, and Theo James, was picked up for domestic distribution by Lionsgate and Grindstone on Wednesday, per THR.
It is the second film to be pulled from the TIFF lineup this year over a legal dispute, following the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace.
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