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‘Abduction’ director, John Singleton took a legal action against Paramount Pictures over claims it has reneged on an agreement made over 2005’s ‘Hustle and Flow’ movie. John sold the movie to Paramount as the studio agreed to finance two future films of his choice, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

‘Hustle and Flow’-producer, John Singleton reported that Paramount Pictures kept thwarting his efforts to make any of the movies. On the other hand, one of the spokesmen of the Paramount told that the agreement came to an end in 2010. Terrence Howard starring movie is about a drug dealer who embarks on a musical career and was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival and has moved forward to win an Oscar for best song.

‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ director, Singleton has said that he had always had a great relationship with Paramount Pictures and going back to being an intern on the lot when he was at USC. However, he added that the deal is a deal and they did not honour the deal. He continued that he could have sold ‘Hustle and Flow’ for more money to someone else but the studio has promised something special that gave him ability to make two low-budget films with young filmmakers and great talent.

The Oscar nominated Singleton for his 1991’s ‘Boyz n the Hood’ told that all he has ever done is make money for Paramount and he lived up to all the deals that he has signed and insisted that it should work in both ways. He tried several times to pitch a number of projects to the studio but they were all rejected. Paramount Pictures told in a statement that it had fulfilled all of its obligations and John’s claims had absolutely no merit.

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