The religion may be very Zen — but things can get pretty heated over the movie rights.

Richard Gere has claimed he is being extorted for $500k over the film rights to a book on Buddhism.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 68-year-old filed a lawsuit on Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, stemming from a battle over Bones of the Master: A Buddhist Monk's Search for the Lost Heart of China by George L. Crane.
Gere claims that in 2009 he entered into a joint producer agreement with Random Acts Entertainment, owned by Scott and Anna Elias, with a view to bringing the book to the big screen.
He wanted to star in and direct the film, while Anna would write one or more drafts of the screenplay.
Gere claimed they agreed in 2015 to split the cost of the $35,000, and that he fronted the entire cost upfront.
However he said the Eliases never repaid him, thus losing any rights they had to the book.


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