Financial success of “Top Gun: Maverick” may end in litigation

Financial success of “Top Gun: Maverick” may end in litigation

One of the most financially successful films of this year and the highest-grossing movie of Tom Cruise's career, “Top Gun: Maverick” has become the subject of litigation.

Shosh and Yuval Yonai, widow and son of writer Ehud Yonai magazine in 1983, which became the basis for the creation of the original film “Top Gun” in 1986, filed a lawsuit against Paramount, which allegedly did not agree with them to continue the story and did not continue the rights to use the material of the article. Shosh and Yuval Yonai are demanding financial compensation from the studio in unspecified, but clearly not small, amounts, as well as stopping the screening of the film and any other works of this franchise.

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Note that at that time, Paramount did receive the film rights to Yonai's 1983 article. Now, Paramount has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that it did not need to acquire the rights to “Top Gun: Maverick”. The map is a work of fiction in its own right, which has little to do with a non-fiction article, and that the facts and ideas in the article cannot be copyrighted.

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“Top Gun: Maverick” with Tom Cruise

“The similarities between these very different works stem from the fact that “Top Gun” – it is a real naval training center. Plaintiffs do not have a monopoly on works about “Top Gun”, – ”Studio lawyers say.

“These claims are completely unfounded, and we will continue to vigorously defend against this claim”, – a Paramount spokesman told Deadline in words reminiscent of their original response to the lawsuit.

A hearing is scheduled for September 26.

Note that “Top Gun: Maverick” (Top Gun: Maverick) hit the big screen on May 27, 2022. Its box office gross exceeded $1.4 billion. The main role, as in the original film, was played by Tom Cruise.

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