In August 2005, Elwes filed a lawsuit against Evolution Entertainment, his management firm, and producer of Saw. Elwes said he was promised a minimum of one percent of the producers’ net profits of the film and did not receive the full amount. The case was settled out of court.
The blood-soaked horror movie Saw made its young Australian filmmakers millionaires, but not everyone is happy.
One of the Hollywood stars of the film, Cary Elwes, wants his cut and is going to court to get it.
Saw, the brainchild of former Melbourne unknowns Leigh Whannell and James Wan, was one of Hollywood’s most profitable films last year costing just $US1.2 million ($1.6 million) to shoot in Los Angeles but reaping $US102.9 million ($136.8 million) at the worldwide box office.
Whannell, who starred in and wrote the violent, psychologically disturbing film, Wan, the director, and the cast, including Elwes, Danny Glover, and Monica Potter all forfeited big upfront paycheques for a slice of the film’s profits.