The family of the Israeli author, who inspired the 1986 production of Top Gun, starring American actor Tom Cruise, filed a copyright lawsuit against Paramount Pictures studio regarding the sequel.
The family argues that when the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, was released last month, the studio did not own the broadcast rights to author Ehud Yonay’s 1983 story “Top Guns.”
Ehud Yonay died in 2012.
Yonay’ wife, Shosh Yonay, and son, Yuval Yonay, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Federal Court on Monday, arguing that Paramount still did not acquire Ehud’s rights to the article after it was terminated under the US Copyright Act.
The family is seeking unspecified compensation from the studio, including profits from Top Gun: Maverick.
The cases that the Yonay family is notified Paramount in 2018 that their rights to Ehud’s article will expire in January 2020.
‘CLAIMS ARE UNBELIEVABLE’
“Although Paramount wanted to disprove it, they pulled Top Gun: Maverick after losing their copyright,” said Marc Toberoff, attorney representing the Yonay family.
Paramount, on the other hand, made a statement saying, “There is no support for these arguments, we will defend ourselves fiercely.”
Mitra Ahouraian, a lawyer from Los Angeles, said Paramount’s plans to shoot the Top Gun sequel in 2018 and release it in 2019 have been delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Timing will be of great value in this case because the notice of termination was sent … with effect in 2020,” Ahouraian said.
In Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise reprises his role as US Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in a brand new movie.
In the sequel, Maverick returns to Top Gun flight academy as an instructor on a mission to train the next generation of pilots.
Top Gun: Spider-Man in the box office revenue classification during the opening weekend of Maverick, amid the Covid era and subsequent cinemas. No Return to Home, Tabip Strange ranked fourth after Multi-World Madness and Batman.
In the first 10 days after its release, the worldwide box office revenue of the cinema was $548 million.