Wesley Snipes is on fire y’all. He’ll be starring opposite Anne Heche in Temple, a horror flick being funded in part by Gene Simmons, the co-founder of the rock group KISS. The story line is this: a handful of trained operatives are trapped inside a compound after the compounds computer system goes awry and they can’t get out. Like all horror movies, weird stuff begins to happen to the folks who are stuck inside the giant bunker.
Snipes told Deadline.com that this was a new genre for him. He’s not playing a gangsta, a vamp or a smooth-talking loverman. ““It’s exciting to find myself in a genre I have always wanted to explore,” Snipes said. “We are looking forward to a great brand collaboration.”
This appears to come at an opportune time for Snipes, who recently filed suit against the IRS for that “abusive” $17.5-million tax bill they sent the star. If you recall, Snipes was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns. That, in and of itself, wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. He also was acquitted, at the time, of tax fraud and evasion.
What’s new right now is that Snipes is trying to work out what he owes to the IRS. Part of why he’s back in court with the IRS is because they promised him the opportunity to consolidate fees and move on, but (according to Snipes) apparently they reneged on an affordable settlement of $6-million in March 2015 and want him to pay $17-million instead. Snipes filed against the IRS last fall. Forbes broke it down pretty well, but let’s just say that for 2006 alone, Snipes was assessed $5,777,543.18.
Want to see Snipes’ new(ish) lawsuit for yourself? Check it out.
Let’s hope this thriller grosses a zillion dollars so Snipes can get his paper.
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