The movie studio that produced the popular television show Fargo had to shut down in early April after being inundated with complaints about the way it had handled the movie, according to the company’s lawyer.
The company had rented thousands of copies of the movie to cinemas around the world, including some in Australia and the United States, as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick.
The movie has sold more than $2bn.
The movie company has now filed for bankruptcy protection.
It has filed for Chapter 11 protection, which would allow it to seek private bankruptcy protection if the costs exceed $300m.
A spokesman for the Fargo film studio said the company has “failed to live up to its obligations under the agreements it signed with its distributor”.
The film company was owned by Fargo Films, which is based in Toronto.
The film was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Fargo movie was filmed with a budget of $300 million and has been described as a “classic”.
Fargo’s popularity with moviegoers is partly due to its portrayal of the everyday lives of a group of people living in a trailer park.
Its co-star, John Goodman, has been widely praised for his portrayal of a hard-drinking, alcoholic man in a wheelchair.