Chris Pine has had incredible success since taking the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise: starring opposite Denzel Washington in a hit thriller, replacing Ben Affleck as the new Jack Ryan and nabbing a big payday for This Means War. But the management company that got him there—and which Pine fired—wants its share.
SDB Partners, a small Beverly Hills management firm, took on Pine back in 2002 and helped steer his career from small guest shots on TV shows to the lead in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot. And, according to a recently filed lawsuit by SDB, Pine cut the firm loose at the end of last year and still owes them millions of dollars' worth of commissions.
And precisely what does SDB want to get its 10 percent of? Thanks to the lawsuit, we can see exactly how much an actor playing a starship captain earns. As The Hollywood Reporter puts it:
His pay for the first Trek wasn't listed but the deal allegedly gives him $1.5 million plus up to $500,000 in backend compensation for the second film (which is currently in pre-production) and $3 million plus the $500,000 in backend for a third film, if it happens. He also gets 5 percent of net merchadising revenue from the exploitation of his name and likeness. (The complaint doesn't address whether this or other deals might have been renegotiated up, as is common when movies become big hits.)
Pine allegedly was paid $3 million for starring opposite Denzel Washington in 2010's action thriller Unstoppable.
Pine's deal with Paramount for the Jack Ryan franchise (based on the Tom Clancy books) also locked him in for three movies—but with a big raise from Star Trek. According to the complaint, the the deal would pay him $4 million for the first film, $8 million for the second and $12 million for a third, plus backend.
Pine allegedly was paid $5 million to star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy in This Means War, plus up to $1 million in deferred compensation based on box office.
And for every dime he makes on those films, Pine would continue to pay a penny to those managers. As SDB put forth in the suit:
"Through this lawsuit, SDB seeks to not only recover its commissions on millions of dollars that Pine has already earned, but also the millions of dollars that Pine will continue to earn as a result of SDB's prior hard work and dedication to Pine's career."
In the words of the great Notorious B.I.G.: Mo money mo problems.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)