A lawsuit is under way between the new film, Time to Hunt, and Contents Panda, the company that was originally in charge of oversea sales of the movie.
According to a source, Contents Panda recently submitted an application of prohibiting Time to Hunt from being released against Little Big Pictures, the company that produced the film. The application includes the fact that Little Big Pictures unilaterally breached a contract by making an exclusive disclosure contract with Netflix about the movie, despite the fact that Contents Panda have already sold copyrights to many overseas distributors.
Conflicts between the two companies were formalized on March 23. When Time to Hunt announced that they have joined hands with Netflix in a press release, Contents Panda, which was in charge of overseas distribution, protested that they have “received the unilateral termination of the contract with a certified mail.”
If the movie is exclusively released to Netflix in the form of an original movie, all rights to the movie are usually vested in Netflix, but since Time to Hunt was officially invited to the gala section of the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year and pre-sale was completed in more than 20 countries, including Japan, Hong Kong and Australia, the unilateral termination of the contract will lead to a drop in the credibility for Korean film.
However, Little Big Pictures countered, “There is nothing wrong with the termination because it occurred due to the natural disaster.” They stated that joining hands with Netflix was necessary for the safety of the perspective audience.
A ruling on the lawsuit is expected to come before April 10, the official release date of the movie on Netflix. At a time when the two sides are at odds, attention is drawn to the result.