The film is over six years old at this point. It seems as though Bennett, who hasn’t been shy about publicly complaining he has been cut out of his slice of the Wilco pie, was waiting for the band’s star to rise to its zenith (and its most financially lucrative point) before going after them officially and legally. If this was really about royalties and giving credit where it’s due, wouldn’t he have brought this lawsuit on long ago?
It also strikes me as weird that Tweedy is the one being sued instead of Nonesuch Records or the Production Company or some sort of LLC. In the credits for I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Tweedy is not among the 12 producers or executive producers listed. However Sam Jones, who both produced and directed the film, which pretty much portrays Bennett as a pain in the ass, is not named in the lawsuit. That screams “personal vendetta” to me.
Tweedy and Bennett perform Cars Can’t Escape
Whatever the case, I’m sure the lawyers will reach some agreement and a check will exchange hands. And I guess it should come as no surprise that two guys who argued about everything, most glaringly the four second introduction to Heavy Metal Drummer as so brilliantly captured in the movie, would eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the scales of justice for one last fight.