‘Noah’ not showing, for now
IT COULD take more than 40 days and 40 nights before the multimillion dollar Hollywood movie “Noah” docks in Philippine theaters.
The Darren Aronofsky film, about the biblical character Noah, was originally set for local release April 2.
However, the Russell Crowestarrer became the first casualty in a courtroom battle between its producer United International Pictures (UIP) and local film distributor Solar Entertainment Corporation.
The Makati City Regional Trial Court has prohibited the distribution of UIP films in the country after the US firm allegedly violated its agreement with Solar, its local partner. Last month, Solar filed a civil suit seeking an injunction and damages from UIP and competing film distribution outfit Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. This was in relation to the alleged deci- sion of UIP to appoint Columbia Pictures as its Philippine film distributor starting February 2014.
In its complaint, Solar maintained that its 2012 film distribution agreement with UIP was still in effect and that “UIP’s arbitrary and unilateral termination of said agreement was done in bad faith.” It added that the move would “cause revenue losses to Solar and subject it to third-party claims by business suppliers and partners for contracts it entered in UIP’s behalf.”
Solar likewise pointed out that UIP’s appointment of Columbia Pictures, “a 100-percent foreign-owned mass media company operating in the Philippines, is in violation of the Foreign Investment Acts of 1991 (RA No. 7042 as amended by RA No. 8179) that prohibits foreignowned companies from engaging in mass media in the country.” Marinel R. Cruz