From: Monty Solomon [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Tony Soprano actor wants out of HBO contract
- Mar 7, 2003 11:15 AM (Reuters)
NEW YORK, March 7 (Reuters) - Fans of HBO's popular drama
"The Sopranos" may have to fuhgeddabout a fifth season after
James Gandolfini, the actor who plays the family patriarch,
filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking a release from his contract.
Gandolfini, a two-time Emmy award winner for his portrayal
of conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano, alleged in a suit filed in
California that HBO violated a clause in his contract when it
failed to notify him of a $20 million deal it struck with David
Chase, the show's creator.
The end of "The Sopranos," which broke records for a cable
show last year by pulling in 13.4 million for its premiere,
would be a huge blow to HBO, the subscription cable channel
owned by AOL Time Warner (NYSE:AOL).