EXCLUSIVE: The erstwhile Anakin Skywalker has returned to Paradigm for representation. Actor-producer Hayden Christensen departed the agency back in 2010 for UTA after passing on a number of big projects, his former rep told Deadline then. He’s had a four-year break from acting since. Christensen just recently wrapped action pic Outcast with Nicolas Cage and crime pic American Heist opposite Adrien Brody. The Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith thesp, whose credits also include The Vanishing On Seventh Street, Takers, Awake, and Life As A House, which nabbed him Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, also brings to Paradigm his production shingle Glacier Films. With Glacier he’s exec producing features The Tank, Lionsgate’s Cooties, American Heist, and Lady of Csejte. The agency is repping domestic sales on Glacier Films’ titles.
Looks like the Force is truly strong with this one after all. Star Wars’ Hayden Christensen and his brother Tove were handed a new life yesterday in their suit with USA Network over Royal Pains. The brothers allege that the idea for the USA series was lifted from their much-circulated Housecall show concept and they want to be compensated. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York agreed. “Plaintiffs-Appellant adequately alleged a contract that includes an implied promise to pay. Because this claim is based on rights that are not the equivalent of those protected by the Copyright Act, it is not preempted,” said Judge John Walker. The Judge’s 25-page ruling (Read it here) reversed a federal court dismissal of the case last year on the grounds of copyright outweighing breach of contract allegation Christensen’s Forest Park production company developed their Housecall idea several years ago. Like Royal Pains, which debuted in June 2009, Housecall detailed the exploits of a disgraced doctor who took to privately treating the wealthy. The Christensen’s show took place in Malibu not the Hamptons as the USA Network’s series does, but otherwise the shows are very similar. The brothers met with USA’s Alex Sepiol about Housecall but never had a deal. However those meetings provide the foundation for the Christensen’s breach of implied contract claim. “Because Forest Park has alleged an enforceable implied-in-fact contract including a promise of payment for the …
I’ve been given the following statement from Paradigm: “We have mutually parted ways with Jim Osborne. Jim will work closely with the agency and the clients he was responsible for during the transition and beyond.” Hmm, do you think the move follows Friday’s departure of client Hayden Christensen for UTA and Osbourne’s volunteering the following reaction to me? ”He wouldn’t read for Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, he passed on Afterlife opposed Liam Neeson, he passed on Cheri opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s so competitive for young actors right now that sitting on a farm in Toronto is not going to get him a job.” Osbourne had repped the actor long term at ICM and Paradigm until Christensen moved internally to David Guillod five months ago.
FRIDAY UPDATE: I’ve just heard from Paradigm’s Jim Osbourne, who tells me Hayden Christensen moved to the agency’s David Guillod 5 months ago and offers this explanation about the actor: “He wouldn’t read for Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, he passed on Afterlife opposed Liam Neeson, he passed on Cheri opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s so competitive for young actors right now that sitting on a farm in Toronto is not going to get him a job.”
THURSDAY: The 29-year-old actor had been at Paradigm, and before that at ICM, with Jim Osborne. He just co-starred in Sony’s Takers and will next appear in film Vanishing On 7th Street. But his career never took off — and it should have — after his turn as Anakin Skywalker in the second and third Star Wars prequels or his breakout role in the 2001 film Life As A House. Christensen and his brother Tove run the production company Forest Park Pictures, which has a 3-pic deal with Screen Gems. As for his acting, I don’t think Hollywood has really seen what he can do yet.