K-pop singer Luhan's lawsuit against agency may jeopardise Korean-Chinese film

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Embattled SM Entertainment may not be able to fulfill 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.