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Singleton sues over reneged movie deal

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Oct 19, 2011 | 1:15pm EDT

The moviemaker claims he granted Paramount executives permission to distribute the 2005 Oscar-winning drama Hustle & Flow, which he produced, on the condition that the studio heads provided the funding for two of his future projects - as long as each of the budgets did not exceed $3.5 million (£2.19 million).

Singleton also allowed Paramount to circulate another of his productions, the 2006 Samuel L. Jackson film Black Snake Moan.

But Singleton, who accepted the relatively low fee of $9 million (£5.6 million) for Hustle & Flow, alleges the studio bosses began to place unwarranted conditions on the projects, which made it near impossible to move them into production, according to TMZ.com.

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