(L-R) Actors Michael McKeon, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest attend the world premiere of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ on September 5, 2000 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
The three members of Spinal Tap and the director of the 1984 movie about the fictional band are involved in a very real lawsuit against the media company Vivendi.
Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner have joined an earlier suit filed by Harry Shearer that claims Vivendi and StudioCanal have denied them profits from the 1984 rockumentary.
The amended lawsuit was filed in California federal court yesterday. Shearer filed a fraud and contract-breach lawsuit last October. The original damages set at $125 million have been increased to $400 million.
The three actors, along with director Reiner, state they were given only $81 in merchandising income and $98 in music sales over the past few decades. They also claim to have not received accounting statements for the past three years in regards to This is Spinal Tap.
They allege Vivendi has engaged in ‘anti-competitive and unfair business practices and has abandoned its obligations to enforce intellectual property rights, and bringing contract claims, they are seeking to regain rights to the property and collect compensatory and punitive damages.
The amended suit includes Spinal Tap Productions, which is owned by Shearer, McKean, Guest and Reiner, and states that, according to a 1982 agreement, they are entitled to 40 percent of net receipts.
If you are a fan of the movie here’s a deleted scene that never made it to the final movie.