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Last year's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel may have had critics chirping with horror, but it was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2009, with a haul of $442m (£291m) worldwide. Now, a firm that represents the family of the series' creator is suing 20th Century Fox for half of all profits from the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In a lawsuit filed at the Us district court in Los Angeles, Bagdasarian Productions says Fox failed to recompense its writer Janice Karman, daughter-in-law of Chipmunks' late creator Ross Bagdasarian, for substantial work she carried out on the screenplay of the second film in the series. Lawyers also claim that the studio breached an agreement to fully exploit commercial tie-ins for the brand. »
- Ben Child
Hard as it may be to believe, someone really wants credit for writing Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Oh, and half of all profits from the hugely successful film.Bagdasarian Prods, run by the family of the critters’ creator, Ross Bagdasarian, is suing 20th Century Fox over multiple issues, most pointedly that of screenplay work by Janice Karman (who happens to be married to Ross Bagdasarian Jr) and the question of merchandising.The family’s lawsuit claims that Karman wrote a script for the movie, which was then re-written, before Fox brought her in to polish the final version. She’s pointing to several scenes that prove she’s co-owner of the final script and therefore entitled to half of all the profits (not sure quite how they figure that given the usual treatment of writers in Hollywood, but then she is part of the family that owns the rights).Plus, »
Alvin And The Chipmunks follow-up The Squeakquel is at the centre of a legal battle - the family which owns the rights to the franchise is demanding bosses at 20th Century Fox hand over half the profits from the film.
Executives at Bagdasarian Productions, along with writer Janice Karman, allege "substantial copyrighted" portions of a screenplay Karman wrote were used in last year's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel without permission.
The lawsuit claims Karman, who is married to the son of late Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., penned a screenplay for the film and was offered a compensation fee from the studio, which she turned down as insufficient.
The family's complaint reads: "Karman's provision of her screenplay writings to Fox was conditioned upon the payment of adequate compensation for those writings and her attendant services, which Karman never received."
But Fox studio executives are planning to battle the suit, calling it "completely without merit".
A statement from Fox adds, "We look forward to resolving our differences and, in the meantime, we are continuing to move forward with this franchise."
The plaintiffs want Karman to be made a co-owner of the script, and argue she should receive half of all profits "attributable to The Squeakquel's screenplay". The animated movie raked in more than $442 million (£295 million) at the worldwide box office, reports Reuters. »
Music legends and movie stars, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, take on America’s favorite pastime to celebrate Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel sliding onto Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 30.
Full of rock and roll fun, games – and even tattoos – fans will enjoy:
• A very special Chipmunk performance of “America The Beautiful”
• The debut of Simon’s new look in honor of the Dodgers’ left-fielder
• The ceremonial first pitch thrown by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
• Pre-game photo opportunities on the field with the Chipmunks
• Chipmunks leading the crowd in “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch
Producer and long-time Dodgers fan Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., son of the Chipmunk’s founder Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. and his wife Janice Karman, producer/creator of the Chipettes, will be available for interviews pre-game.
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- Lex Walker
4 items from 2010
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