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Martin Scorsese Sued

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8/22/2012 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_martin-scorsese_gettyLegendary director Martin Scorsese has been blowing off a movie he agreed to make 22-years ago, according to a new lawsuit -- and now it could end up costing him several million dollars.

The lawsuit was filed by Cecchi Gori Pictures -- big time producers of movies like "Seven" and "A Bronx Tale" --  and claims Scorsese entered into an agreement to direct a film called "Silence" ... way back in 1990.

However, Cecchi Gori claims the project was eventually put on the back burner so Martin could direct 3 other little films -- "The Departed" ... "Shutter Island" ... and "Hugo" -- but only for a price.

According to the suit, Scorsese paid for the right to do each of those films before "Silence" -- but never forked over the hefty fee for "Hugo."

The suit alleges Scorsese owes Cecchi a flat fee of $1.5 million, plus the value of his producer title on "Hugo" ... PLUS 20% of his back-end on "Hugo" -- which you gotta figure is considerable since it was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 5.

According to the docs, Scorsese previously reached an agreement in 2004 to make "Silence" his next movie. Obviously, that hasn't happened ... and now Cecchi Gori says Martin is pushing off their movie again to make "Wolf of Wall Street."

Cecchi Gori is suing for the unpaid fees on "Hugo," and any other movie Scorsese ends up making before "Silence" -- so, basically ... a truck-load of cash.

We've reached out to Scorsese for comment ... but so far no response.

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scoopie    

Statute of limitations didn't run out on this?

706 days ago
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dan    

Cecchi Gori...hahaha...in the words of Biff Tannen "what the hell kinda stupid name is that"
You should be suing you parents..haha

706 days ago
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Svenghooli    

Yawn......

706 days ago
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Svenghooli    

Yawn....

706 days ago
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Svenghooli    

Yawn....

706 days ago
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lance0hg5858669    

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706 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

Scorsese used to be a good director (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, etc.) but then he decide that leonardo dicaprio (of all people) was a great actor in the mold of Robert DeNiro. This is laughable. In Shutter Island leo looked like a high school boy trying to play a cop. Scorsese even borrowed the music from The Shining in that movie!! It just didnt work. Time to hang up the camera Martin.

706 days ago
8.

static    

Would you really want a guy directing your movie after you sue the crap out of him?

706 days ago
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Sandra     

Who cares about these rich folk behaving badly!! It is no shock!!

706 days ago
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LDB    

whatever amount of money he owes them is chump change to martin

706 days ago
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latestdiets.net    

"Siri, how can I get out of this lawsuit?"

706 days ago
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LCS27    

Scorcese, just shoot the ugly face of these money whores. "Are u talking with me? are u talking with me?"

706 days ago
13.

News Flash     

I thought he jumped off the bridge...Next

706 days ago
14.

nof    

If Martin Scorsese hasn't done it -


It's because of the script.


So this one's on the producers.


Fix it - call me - or leave him alone.

706 days ago
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nof    

You have to live with a bad script -


In an editing room -


For 4-5 months.


That's almost as bad -


As editing Toyota commercials for six -


Until you have the Toyota "clarion call."


Coming after you in your sleep.

706 days ago
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