Paramount Pictures Being Sued For Copyright in Sequel of Top Gun

The relatives of the Israeli author whose piece was the inspiration for the 1986 Top Gun is suing Paramount Pictures for copyright in the sequel.

They argue that when the sequel Top Gun: Maverick was published last month, the producers did not have the license to Ehud Yonay’s “Top Guns” released in 1983. The accusation is “without merit,” according to Paramount, which has promised to fight it.

In its first ten days of release, the picture grossed $548 million (£438 million) worldwide. Cruise reprises his role as US military aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell from the 1986 film Top Gun: Maverick.

After the strongest movie in the Covid era, Spider-Man: No Way Home, second-placed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and third-placed The Batman, it had the fourth-largest opening night.

Ehud’s widow and son lodged the action in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, alleging that Paramount neglected to reclaim the ownership of Ehud’s journal piece after it had been cancelled by the US Copyright Act.

They are suing the film company for undisclosed losses, including revenues from the new blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick.

According to the complaint, Ehud’s “creative efforts and compelling writing and story” were essential to the success of Paramount’s Top Gun series.

According to the complaint, in 2018 the Yonays told Paramount that their rights to Ehud’s piece would expire in 2020.  In January 2020, the Paramount company lost the rights to the work, according to the statement.

“Despite what Paramount wants you to believe, they created a second to Top Gun even after they didn’t have rights,” says Yonays’ lawyer, Marc Toberoff.

“These charges are without substance,” Paramount stated in a release. “We will firmly fight for ourselves.” Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to Mitra Ahouraian, an entertainment lawyer, Paramount’s intentions to create Top Gun: Maverick in 2018 and distribute it in 2019 have been postponed.

The sequel to Top Gun earned Tom Cruise his first $100 million (£80 million) opening night at the box office. More than the War of the World weekend, in 2005, where he made $64 million (£51 million).

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