UTA Wants Its Cut From 'Blade' Star Snipes


Wesley Snipes, who plays a bloodthirsty vampire/human hybrid in the "Blade" films, really bites when it comes to paying off his debts.

Or at least that's the United Talent Agency's opinion. On Monday (July 31) the agency sued the actor for nearly $1.5 million in commissions that he owes them for snagging him roles in "Blade: Trinity" and three other films, report news sources.

According to the lawsuit, Snipes made an oral agreement to pay UTA 10 percent of his earnings from "Blade: Trinity," "Chaos," "Middle Man" and "The Shooter." He was reportedly paid at least $13 million for "Blade," the third film in the futuristic vampire franchise, but only gave UTA about $717,000 of the agreed upon $1.3 million for the film. UTA is also claiming they're owed their share of the $11 million he was paid for the other films.

UTA's David Schiff, Martin Bowen, Josh Pollack and April Lim are the agents who negotiated Snipes' deals on the films. After the deal for "The Shooter" was finalized in February, the actor left the company.

Snipes, 44, is also known for "New Jack City," "Jungle Fever," "White Men Can't Jump," "Rising Sun," "Demolition Man," "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," "Murder at 1600" and the "Blade" films.

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