Hell hath no fury like a Hollywood agent scorned.
Chris Pine's former talent agency, SDB Partners, is ready to see Captain Kirk in court! As revealed in a lawsuit obtained by E! News, the Century City, Calif. boutique agency claims the Star Trek star owes them millions of dollars in commissions.
So just how much is the hunky 31-year-old making?
According to the documents, Pine's Star Trek deal gives Paramount an option on him for three films. While his first Trek salary isn't listed, the deal allegedly gives him $1.5 million (plus up to $500,000 in back-end compensation) for the second film. If a third film happens, he'll make $3 million plus $500,000 in back-end.
He allegedly raked in $3 million for his role in 2010's Unstoppable alongside Denzel Washington, and got $5 million (plus up to $1 million in deferred compensation based on box office) to star alongside Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy in This Means War.
Pine also inked another three-film deal with Paramount, this time for the Jack Ryan franchise. According to the agency's lawsuit, this deal would pay him $4 million for the first film, $8 million for the second and $12 million for a third. This project, based on the Tom Clancy books, is still in development.
SDB's complaint is that Pine's earnings are "commissionable," and were generated for him while he was still represented by them.
According to the agency, the actor dumped them this past November—after nearly a decade of working together—with an email. "Pine did not even have the courtesy of picking up the telephone to tell SDB that he was ending their relationship of nine years," their suit claims.
They cite the email sent from Pine, in which the actor says his reason for leaving is he "was frustrated and needed more than what I was getting from the agency."
He described the decision as "agonizing" and recognized "what great advocates you have been for me and that you have invested your time and energy into building my career." Pine's rep and lawyer have not immediately returned calls seeking comment.
Yikes. Even in business, breaking up is hard to do.
—Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum