‘Gravity’ author sues Warner Bros

2014-05-13 00:00

BEST-SELLING author Tess Gerritsen filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. last Tuesday claiming that the studio based its hit film, Gravity, on her book of the same name, but failed to properly credit her.

She is seeking 2,5% of the film’s net profit, The New York Times reports. The suit is filed in the United States Court for the Central District of California.

The studio’s New Line unit and a subsidiary bought the film rights to her novel in 1999 — the year it was published. Therefore, the issue is not the more typical copyright infringement, it’s breach of contract.

Gerritsen claims that Warner Bros. failed to live up to an initial purchase agreement of her book by releasing the film without a “based upon” credit, which kept her from cashing in on millions of dollars.

The suit claims that the 1999 sale of the rights to her novel guaranteed her credit — both on screen and in advertising — should a related movie result.

It also would have brought a production bonus of $500 000 (R5,2 million), the aforementioned fee of 2,5% of net proceeds — including ticket sales, DVD sales and TV reruns.

Gravity has taken in more than $716 million at the box office alone. The film’s budget was $100 million.

Gerritsen is the author of 24 novels.

— TheWrap.com.

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