Star Trek’s new Kirk Chris Pine is being sued by his former talent agency. Pine left the agency in late 2011 and now they are alleging he owes them compensation for a number of current and future projects. The suit also reveals Pine’s Star Trek salary. More details below.
Pine sued by former agency – Trek salary revealed
In November 2011 Chris Pine ended his nine year relationship with SDB Partners, a boutique agency which took him on in 2002. The suit alleges that SDB signed up "when nobody was willing to touch Pine" and quickly got him TV parts and a leading role in a feature film (Princess Diaries 2). By 2011 Pine was a hot commodity as the new Captain Kirk and with deal to be the next Jack Ryan along with a number of other projects (including This Means War which opens this week). The suit alleges that Pine discharged the agency by email without the "courtesy of picking up the telephone."
More specifically SDB says that Pine owes them compensation for their share of his salary for a number of projects. THR has details from the suit on Pine’s compensation, including that for the Star Trek sequels:
Pine’s Trek deal gives Paramount an option on him for three films. His pay for the first Trek isn’t listed but the deal allegedly gives him $1.5 million plus up to $500,000 in backend compensation for the second film (which is currently in pre-production) and $3 million plus the $500,000 in backend for a third film, if it happens. He also gets 5 percent of net merchandising revenue from the exploitation of his name and likeness. (The complaint doesn’t address whether this or other deals might have been renegotiated up, as is common when movies become big hits.)
According to the report, Pine will be paid even more by Paramount for the three potential Jack Ryan films, with "$4 million for the first film, $8 million for the second and $12 million for a third, plus backend."
For more details see THR story.