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Martin Scorsese Sued

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8/22/2012 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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16.

janet    

must be right up there with the gotti movie that was all hyped up and went nowhere. Shake down.

790 days ago
17.

nof    

Scorsese shot my friend's script -


Right outta film school.


For a million dollars - why -


Because two reputable people and producers -


Amy Robinson and Griffin Dunne -


Assured M.S. they had a SCRIPT.


I guess what I'm trying to say is...


"Have a script."


Is it M.S.'s fault if you could never hand him something he WANTED to shoot - c'mon!


This is a nuisance suit - that's all this is.


People that want money for nothing.


Give him a good script and he'll shoot it!

790 days ago
18.

buckwheat    

MS
Used to make good movies
Now he just a typical hollywood shill

790 days ago
19.

Bob    

I'm shocked ! I bet this is the first time a major director/producer has screwed the little guy. I don't understand why it is being brought to light after so many years, but he should still be held accountable.

790 days ago
20.

MadCharles    

So that's who that Marti is directing his car into traffic in some TV commercial. I love when they eat their own.

790 days ago
21.

She's baaaack    

Leave Marty alone.

790 days ago
22.

curt    

i had something to say but it took almost an hour for me to log on thats bull

790 days ago
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789 days ago
24.

David Taylor    

If he received any money up front, then he owes. If not, he shouldn't pay because he verbally said yes.

789 days ago
25.

thegreatamericandesertreturns    

Tmz is looiner than a harry tassys ho do`vegast,AWARD movies never make mooka hugo!.

789 days ago
26.

thegreatamericandesertreturns    

martin short could shoot better movies

789 days ago
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thegreatamericandesertreturns    

the roof the roof the roof is on firer,oh well

789 days ago
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789 days ago
29.

curt    

He has made blockbusters and now he pulled out i bet theres a reason he's not stupid maybe the writers ****ed up and he was like really that is bull s##t. come on he made some of the bests movies ever and he didn't need computer graphics to make them the best, like charlottes way and scarface. He like me ,He's got to be tired of the idiots now day that us cg and effete effects to make movies instead of the camera angles and compassion and continuity witch they don't even think about now days. like one off the best Alfred Hitch**** .

789 days ago
30.

alex    

must be right up there with the gotti movie that was all hyped up and went nowhere. Shake down.
And you?

789 days ago
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