'The Butler' To Be Renamed 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
Studio executive Harvey Weinstein and director Lee Daniels have been given permission to call their new film The Butler, as long as they preface it with the filmmaker's name.
The Weinstein Company honchos faced a lawsuit over Daniels' White House drama after executives at Warner Bros. claimed they owned the rights to the name as they have a 1916 short comedy of the same title in their back catalogue.
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) initially ruled the Hollywood mogul had to change the name of The Butler ahead of its August release, but they reversed the decision and allowed the movie to be released as Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Nevertheless, the battle over the name has come at a price - The Weinstein Company will have to pay $400,000 to the Entertainment Industry Foundation for continuing to use the title after the MPAA's initial order, reports Variety.com.
They have been given until Friday to pull all original trailers, posters and other promotional material bearing the simple title of The Butler or face further fines of up to $50,000 a day, and the company has also been ordered to cover Warner Bros.' legal fees, to the tune of $150,000.
The film, which stars Forest Whitaker as real life White House butler Eugene Allen, is due for release on August 16th.
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