KOREA - Embattled SM Entertainment may not be able to fulfil its contract with film distributor CJ Entertainment because of the recent lawsuit between the label and singer-actor Luhan of the boy band EXO.
Luhan, one of EXO's Chinese members, has been taking part in the filming of "Mid-Twenties (Zhongfan 20sui)," a Chinese remake of the Korean film "Miss Granny" starring Shim Eun-kyung. "Mid-Twenties" is a joint Korean-Chinese production.
Although Luhan was scheduled to be on the set of "Mid-Twenties" until late October, his work may come to a halt following the lawsuit that he recently waged against his agency. The Chinese heartthrob sued SM Entertainment chief executive Lee Young-man and the entertainment agency on Oct. 10.
"Luhan's case may pose problems for the movie," an industry source said under condition of anonymity, pointing out that jointly producing a film with an international rather than a domestic partner may sometimes lead to more complicated disputes.