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Paramount was hit with a copyright lawsuit by the household of the writer behind the unique story used for the “Top Gun” franchise, Each day Publish Digital can verify.
The “Top Gun” lawsuit was filed by Shosh and Yuval Yonay on Monday in California, in accordance with The Wrap. The Yonays are the heirs of Ehud Yonay, the writer of the 1983 article “Top Guns.”
The storyline for the unique “Top Gun” movie was based mostly off the article.
The Yonays have claimed that Paramount’s rights to the article led to 2020. The household alleged that filming for “Top Gun: Maverick” was not accomplished till Could 8, 2021.
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However, Paramount has reportedly claimed the film was “sufficiently completed” before its rights to the original article were terminated.
The family sent a cease-and-desist letter to Paramount on May 11, 2022, weeks before the release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“This case arises out of Paramount’s aware failure to re-acquire the requisite movie and ancillary rights to the Yonays’ copyrighted Story previous to the completion and launch of their by-product 2022 Sequel,” lawyer Marc Toberoff and former federal appellate decide Alex Kozinski, who’re representing the Yonays, wrote.
Paramount has denied the sequel is by-product from the unique article, in accordance with the outlet.
“These claims are without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously,” a spokesperson for Paramount advised Each day Publish Digital.
“Top Gun: Maverick” premiered on Could 27 after struggling two years of delays because of the coronavirus pandemic. The movie pulled in $160.5 million within the first 4 days. “Top Gun: Maverick” stayed afloat its second weekend, bringing in $86 million.
The movie additionally marked a profession greatest for Cruise, who had not had a movie opening exceed $100 million within the first weekend. Per TMZ, Cruise is just not being sued personally.
Each day Publish’ Larry Fink contributed to this report