The creator of The Blind Facet: Evolution of a Sport has responded to Michael Oher’s claims that the Tuohy household has withheld cash from him.
Lewis claims Hollywood is accountable on the finish of the day
Michael Lewis — who wrote the 2006 ebook that served as the idea for the hit 2009 movie — spoke to The Washington Submit concerning the ongoing lawsuit between Oher and the Tuohy household. Lewis stated that everyone, together with Oher and the Tuohy household, must be mad at Hollywood for his or her accounting. He states that each he and the Tuohy household had been paid little or no for the movie.
“All people must be mad on the Hollywood studio system,” Lewis stated. “Michael Oher ought to be part of the writers strike. It’s outrageous how Hollywood accounting works, however the cash will not be within the Tuohys’ pockets.”
Based on Lewis, he was paid $250,000 for the rights to a The Blind Facet movie by twentieth Century Studios, which he says he break up 50-50 with the Tuohy household. Lewis additionally stated that he and the actors within the movie had been provided a share of the film’s internet income, and that when taxes and different charges had been sorted out, he and the Tuohy household every obtained $350,000 whole from the movie.
Talking about Oher’s claims that he wasn’t compensated for the film, Lewis stated that isn’t true, and as a substitute means that Oher declined funds from the Tuohy household. He additionally claims the Tuohy’s had begun placing the cash in a belief fund for his son.
“Lewis stated the Tuohys deliberate to share the royalties among the many members of the family, together with Oher, however Oher started declining his royalty checks, Lewis stated,” learn the excerpt from The Washington Submit. “Lewis stated he believed the Tuohy household had deposited Oher’s share in a belief fund for Oher’s son.”
What’s The Blind Facet lawsuit about?
In Oher’s lawsuit, he claims that the Tuohy’s by no means truly adopted Oher however as a substitute signed him right into a conservatorship and have profited off of him for years. The lawsuit additionally alleges that Oher has not made any cash off of the success of The Blind Facet, which remodeled $300 million on the field workplace.
Oher’s petition asks the court docket to finish the Tuohys’ conservatorship, and concern an injunction that bars the household from utilizing his title and likeness. It additionally seeks to provide Oher a full accounting of the cash the household made whereas utilizing his title. Oher can also be in search of to be paid again the justifiable share of income from the movie, in addition to different unspecified damages.
Whereas the Tuohy household hasn’t addressed the claims, an lawyer talking for them has stated they’re unfaithful.