Dumb and Dumber To was one of those film sequels that probably should have never been made, and now according to two new lawsuits that might actually be the case.
In the first lawsuit, producers for Dumb and Dumber are suing American film studio New Line Cinema for breaching their original contract which gave them primary rights to the production of sequels for the film.
Dumb and Dumber producers Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy claim their original contract signed in 1994 gave them each a $200,000 producer fee, a share of New Line’s net profits and rights of first negotiations for sequels and remakes.
However, according to Stabler and Krevoy, New Line Cinema breached their contract and gave the rights of the sequel to Katja Motion Picture Corporation and Avery Pix, who signed a deal with Red Granite Pictures to produce the film. Stabler and Krevoy are being represented by attorney Bryan Freedman and are seeking at least $1 million in damages from New Line.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, they also are asking the court to order New Line to perform under the producer agreement and to issue a declaration that it can’t produce a Dumb and Dumber sequel, or transfer any rights for one, without according the plaintiffs their rights of the first negotiation.
In a separate case, The U.S. Department of Justice linked Red Granite Pictures to a massive corruption case involving a Malaysian state development fund. The case claims Dumb and Dumber To, along with other films, were produced with illicit foreign money.
According to prosecutors, corrupt officials and financiers stole $4.5 billion from Malaysian company 1Malaysia Development Berhad. In the complaint, Red Granite Pictures- whose chairman is Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s stepson – is accused of using stolen money to produce films.
The Justice Department claims that between 2009 and 2015, nearly $4.5 billion was laundered through a series of shell companies with bank accounts in the United States and abroad. Prosecutors have filed to recover $1.7 billion.