Tom Hanks sues over Greek Wedding profits
Actor Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson and the star and screenwriter of My Big Fat Greek Wedding are suing the film company which made the 2002 comedy for a share of profits they claim have not been received. The low-budget film was a surprise hit, costing around $5 million to make and taking in almost $369 million at the box office worldwide. The lawsuit accuses the movie co-financier Gold Circle Films of vague accountancy practices, leaving the trio and their fellow producers uncertain of how much they are owed. Hanks and his wife discovered Nia Vardalos when they watched her in the one-woman play the film is based on. Vardalos went on to write the screenplay for the film, which earned her an Oscar nomination, and starred in a short-lived spin off series My Big Fat Greek Life. A statement from Gold Circle executive Scott Niemeyer meanwhile claims the lawsuit is “completely without merit”.