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Relativity Studios Makes Nice With Original Film, Millennium for ‘Hunter Killer’

Gerard Butler action film starts production this spring after recent bout of tense court proceedings

Millennium Films will partner with Relativity Studios, along with Original Film, for production and distribution of Gerard Butler action movie “Hunter Killer,” the companies announced on Thursday.

Cameras will roll this spring, with Original’s Neal Moritz serving as producer, despite recent court proceedings in which he blasted Relativity and its CEO and chairman Ryan Kavanaugh.

“I’m very happy that we have resolved the misunderstanding between the parties,” Moritz said in a statement.  “I especially want to thank Ryan Kavanaugh for finding a solution that brings ‘Hunter Killer’ back to life… I am sorry we had a miscommunication.”

Miscommunication is one way to put it. In papers filed in September, Moritz claimed the bankrupt company overstated its financial ability to release the Butler film.

“Had we known that Relativity Media, or any of its affiliates that are involved with the ‘Hunter Killer project’ were not, in fact, a viable production and distribution company, we would have never … agreed to the terms of the production agreement. In short, we were misled,” Moritz said at the time.

“‘Hunter Killer’ is going to be a terrific movie, and I’m pleased that we were able to reach an agreement to bring the film to audiences,” said Kavanaugh. “Gerry is a close friend and this is yet another step forward for Relativity in its new iteration.”