TO BE OR NOT TO BE: Deschanel and Madden Go Head to Head.

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 12:41 pm
  • December 20, 2010

We’ve seemingly found the answer to Shakespeare’s age-old question, and sadly the answer is “not to be.”

Zooey Deschanel

Actress and oft-called ‘It’ girl, Zooey Deschanel rumored shoe and accessory line for Steve Madden seems to now be kaputt – and it’s getting ugly – in the form of a lawsuit filed by Ms. Deschanel and her agents at CAA this week in Los Angeles.

Ms. Deschanel is suing Steve Madden for the cool $2 million dollars she was promised as payment for a collaborative line with Madden called “Zooey’s Shoes and Accessories”. The payment was promised via a binding oral agreement regardless of whether or not the items were actually produced and would include photo shoots for the lines advertisement as well as press appearances. ┬áThe agreement, according to court documents, also kept the actress from entering into any similar contracts, and with 2009 and 2010′s run of Deschanel successes, including her musical collaboration She & Him and the indie-darling (500) Days of Summer, that could have been a costly misstep.

Noted for her hipster-cute fashion sense, we can only guess that Ms. Deschanel’s input would have created a stylishly sensational shoe line, but sadly those dreams are not to be – at least for now.

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