Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lawsuit Time

This is kind of a Hollywood ritual: "You stole my idea!"

“Wreck-It Ralph” might be heading for an adaptation from the big screen to the courtroom.

The Walt Disney Company is being sued by a man who claims that the company ripped off his idea for the 2012 animated feature, “Wreck-It Ralph.”

In the suit, filed in a Texas federal court last week, Dyke Robinson claim that “Wreck-It Ralph” infringes on his copyright for his manuscript “Digiland.”

Robinson claims that he submitted his manuscript to Disney in 2012, but that it was turned down by Disney. ...

Funny thing. I've walked through Walt Disney Animation Studios since it was called Disney Feature Animation. And I kept seeing this video game feature in development, titled Joe Jump at the time.

The picture was in development, then on the shelf, then back in development. It had a succession of different story people working on it, and Robert Iger liked the concept. (At the same time, a project that Disney feature veterans were working on fell out of contention. This happens all the time, features come and go.)

I suppose it's physically possible that a manuscript submitted to the Mouse in early 2012 could result in a full-blown feature by November 2, 2012, but since it's never happened in the history of Disney animation, from Snow White to the upcoming Zootopia, I don't think it occurred here.


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