Fans of the Howard Stern Show know the King of All Media has been talking about remaking the 1982 teen sex comedy Porky‘s for decades. Things are finally progressing, as Howard Stern’s Porky’s is supposedly finally in the works and set to begin production in the not-too-distant future. But, as THR Esq.‘s Eriq Gardner uncovered, a new hurdle has just popped up. A company called Mola Entertainment claims they own the rights to make the next film in the franchise, after making an unheralded Porky’s flicked called Pimpin’ Pee Wee in 2009.
Stern, they say, will have to wait until 2014 for his version.
But company who owns the rights to the franchise, Lontano Investments, says not so fast.
[Lontano] claims the Porky’s remake required a $10 million budget to satisfy the deal.
Now, according to a lawsuit filed on March 23 in LA Superior Court, Mola seeks a judicial declaration that a $10 million budget wasn’t contractually obligated. Mola says that Lontana’s claims amount to a “transparent attempt to shakedown the company. There will be no Porky’s until the whole thing gets worked out in court.”
Howard Stern has claimed that he was left with no other choice but to sue his current employers SIRIUS XM Radio to recoup unpaid stock options.
While addressing his decision to sue the satellite radio company on The Howard Stern Show, Stern charged that SIRIUS XM put him in an unenviable and painful position.
“It’s true that I am suing Sirius,” he said. “I have never, ever gotten on the air and discussed my financial situation… I’m an honest guy who believes in fairness. I believe that I’ve been dealt with unfairly.”
Stern has famously battled the FCC and media conglomerate Infinity Broadcasting Corporation over the course of his lengthy career, but he insists that his grievance with SIRIUS XM marks a new low.
The radio host explained: “It causes me great pain to sue the company I work for… Nevertheless, I had to do it. Suffice it to say, there’s a dispute and I believe I haven’t been given what is mine.
“There’s obviously a disagreement here and it will be settled in a court… I have encountered things that are disturbing before [in my career], but never like this. It’s a business argument and that’s that.”