On Monday, the heirs of the author whose article had inspired the 1986 “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise, had filed a lawsuit against Paramount Picture over copyright infringement issue regarding the latest blockbuster’s sequel “Top Gun: Maverick”.
Aside from that, the family of Ehud Yonay, whose 1983 article has inspired the “Top Guns,” claimed that Paramount Global has botched to require the rights of Yonay’s article before release of the sequel.
The lawsuit is filed by Ehud’s widow Shosh Yonay as well as his son Yuval Yonay. Both of them live in Israel and they have claimed unspecified amount in damages. Besides, the lawsuit also had asked for profits from “Top Gun: Maverick” and to block the movie or its sequels further.
Meanwhile, followed by the lawsuit, Paramount said in a statement, “These claims are without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously”.
Heirs of Yonay sue “Top Gun: Maverick”
Nevertheless, latest eye-propping move from the heirs of Yonay came forth as “Top Gun: Maverick” has been flying higher in both domestic and international box offices.
Besides, “Top Gun: Maverick” also had ranked among top ten highest-grossing films coming into the second weekend, as the film had secured a whacking $84 million. Although, the “Yonay” heirs had claimed that Paramount Global Unit had failed to secure the rights of the original article, on which “Top Gun: Maverick” is based, Monday’s lawsuit had unfolded that the Paramount had obtained an inclusive right of an article published in a California magazine back in May 1983 for making “Top Guns”.
However, denying Paramount’s claims, Yonays said that the movie production house had ignored the fact on how copyright would be reverted back to them in the January of 2020.