Filmmaker Spike Lee is hitting back at designer Juan Luis Garcia, who claims an ad agency used his concept designs for “Oldboy” posters and promotional materials without his permission, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Lee tweeted Thursday, “I Never Heard of This Guy Juan Luis Garcia, If He Has a Beef It’s Not With Me. I Did Not Hire Him, Do Not Know Him. Cheap Trick Writing to me. YO.”
Garcia wrote an open letter appealing to the director for help. In the letter, Garcia said he worked exclusively for almost two months on the project, and when the ad agency gave him an extremely low offer for his work, he declined. According to Garcia, the agency used his work anyway, and did not pay him for it. He said the agency threatened to take legal action against him when he complained.
Several people commented on Lee’s Instagram page, asking the director to help Garcia. When one man wrote “Dude pay the graphic artist,” Lee responded:
“Why Should I Pay Someone Who I Never Met Nor Had Any Contact With Ever? He Never Made Any Deal With Me.Why Don’t You Pay Me For Your Stupid Text On Thanksgiving Day?” Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Spike Lee might want to be nice, since ‘Oldboy‘ is bombing at the box office. The movie, which is a remake of the cult South Korean movie, stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. So, will Spike Lee do the right thing and give Juan Luis Garcia is just due, if his design concept was stolen?
Here’s Spike Lee’s tweet about Juan Luis Garcia:
I Never Heard Of This Guy Juan Luis Garcia,If He Has A Beef It's Not With Me.I Did Not Hire Him,Do Not Know Him.Cheap Trick Writing To Me.YO
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) November 28, 2013