Bernhard Schlink, whose 1995 novel was turned into a film starring Kate Winslet, claims he has not received a penny from the studio.
The Reader was one of the critical smashes of 2008, broke the $100m mark at the global box office and had an awards season run that sawKate Winslet carry off the Oscar for best actress. Now the author of the book upon which the film was based is suing Hollywood studio the Weinstein Company, claiming he has not been paid a penny in the subsequent three years.
Bernhard Schlink, whose 1995 novel Der Vorleser (The Reader) examined the difficulties postwar German generations have had comprehending the Holocaust, claims he is owed at least $1m. He signed a contract with the Weinstein Company, which is co-owned by the Oscar-winning film mogul Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob, in 1998 and says it should have guaranteed him between 2.5% and 5% of the movie’s gross receipts, says the Hollywood Reporter.