Director John Singleton, Paramount Settle Lawsuit

November 6, 2012 - 6:33 PM

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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2011 file photo, director John Singleton arrives at the premiere of "Abduction" in Los Angeles. Court records show Singleton and Paramount Pictures on Nov. 1, 2012 settled a lawsuit filed by the director/producer that claimed the studio reneged on a contract to allow his company to produce two additional films after the release of 2005's "Hustle & Flow," which received two Oscar nominations. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director John Singleton and Paramount Pictures Corp. have settled a lawsuit over his claim that the studio broke an agreement to let him produce two films in exchange for the rights to distribute the Oscar-nominated movie "Hustle & Flow."

Court records show the deal was reached late Thursday in Los Angeles, just days before a trial was scheduled to begin.

Attorneys for Singleton and Paramount said the settlement terms are confidential, but the matter was amicably resolved.

Singleton produced "Hustle & Flow" and claimed he agreed to work with Paramount on distribution rights because of the opportunity to make two films for the studio.

A judge had previously ruled Singleton was not entitled to re-acquire rights to 2005's "Hustle & Flow," which earned a best actor nomination for Terrence Howard and won for best song.