Original “Gilmore Girls” producer Gavin Polone has filed suit against Warner Bros. Television over profits from the show’s Netflix reboot.
Polone filed the lawsuit on Friday, claiming that he’s owed compensation for the four new episodes under the terms of his original agreement with the studio, which he signed when he helped develop the show with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino in 2000.
The suit claims that the producer is owed a total of $195,000, or $48,750 per 90-minute episode.
According to the complaint, WBTV denied Polone compensation for the new episodes, asserting that they are “derivative works” based on the original series. The studio argues that the new episodes are not a continuation of the original show and thus do not fall under the terms of the agreement, the lawsuit says.
Though the series will return to Netflix rather than the CW, where it ended its original run in 2007, Sherman-Palladino will return to write and executive produce the four episodes. Nearly all of the series’ original cast members have signed on to appear in the revival since it was first announced, including Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson and Melissa McCarthy.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.