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Costner sues over unmade comedy
Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner in Rumour Has It
Costner (r) will shortly be seen with Jennifer Aniston in Rumour Has It
Dances with Wolves actor Kevin Costner has taken legal action against a film production company he claims broke an oral agreement to pay him $8m (4.6m).

In a suit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, he alleges Ascendant Pictures promised him the money to star in the romantic comedy Taming Ben Taylor.

The 50-year-old claimed he had "duly performed all obligations under the agreement in all material respects".

The film was never made. Ascendant Pictures has made no comment.

Costner is seeking the salary he claims he is owed plus the reimbursement of legal fees.


The film's plot concerned a divorced man who refuses to sell his failing vineyard to a nearby golf course.

Costner will shortly be seen with former Friends actress Jennifer Aniston in another romantic comedy, Rumour Has It.

In the film, to be released in the UK on 27 January, he plays a middle-aged man who is thought to have been the inspiration for The Graduate.

Formed in 2002, Ascendant Pictures has produced or financed 16 major features, including the recent Nicolas Cage drama Lord of War.

Its upcoming titles include Lucky Number Slevin, a gangster thriller starring Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman.

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