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Tom Cruise sued over Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol screenplay

2014-02-05 18:30
Tom Cruise
Los Angeles - Tom Cruise is being sued over the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol screenplay.

The actor and Paramount Pictures have reportedly been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit for $1bn by writer Timothy Patrick McLanahan, who claims he came up with the original idea for the blockbuster back in 1998.

According to, the official court documents filed on 20 December 2013, read: "In 1998, I had written a screenplay called 'Head On'. After submitting it to the US Copyright Office, 'Head On' received a copyright certificate protecting its material and author from unauthorised use."

The screenwriter claims his original script was rejected by William Morris Agency, but they allegedly "shopped the script around the world ... including [to] Tom Cruise's Rick Nicita, top agent with Creative Artist Agency".

When the fourth installment in the iconic Mission Impossible action franchise about spy Ethan Hunt was released in 2011, McLanahan says the plot similarities were immediately obvious.

He wrote: "I immediately recognised that the scripts for this movie had been illegally written and produced from Head On's 1998 copyright."

The hefty sum of $1bn McLanahan is requesting in damages allegedly covers the sum of Ghost Protocol's box office sales ($694,710,000), DVD sales ($144.5m), movie rentals, subscription sales and budget ($145m).

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