Goodbye to United International Pictures in the PH?

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street could be the last movie Filipinos get to see from United International Pictures, for a while at least, due to an ongoing legal dispute with a local distributor.

The Makati regional trial court issued a temporary restraining order which stops the distribution of UIP films in the country indefinitely after the company allegedly violated its agreement with Solar Entertainment.

Solar says that UIP named Columbia Pictures as its new film distributor in the Philippines, which violates an existing agreement made in 2012.

In addition to putting future film releases on hold, the TRO also bars UIP from marketing and promoting UIP films within the country.

“Please be advised that there is an ongoing injunction case concerning the distribution of United International Pictures (“UIP”) films in the Philippines,” Solar said in a statement published Wednesday.

“As a matter of fact, the pertinent trial court has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) enjoining UIP from violating its existing distribution agreement with us, thereby maintaining the status of our Company as the exclusive local distributor of UIP films.