The Paramount family has sued the Top Gun sequel by the family of the author of an article that inspired the original movie

Paramount sued over Top Gun: Maverick: Family of author who wrote article that inspired an original movie accusing the film makers of “playing his nose” in copyrighting the “derivative” sequel

  • Ehud Yonai’s family says Paramount’s rights to the Top Gun story expired in 2020, 35 years after it purchased the original film.
  • The original 1986 movie Top Gun was based on an article Yonai wrote in 1983 and died in 2012
  • Yonai’s family says the studio ignored their notifications that they had regained the rights to the story, and distributed the film without involving them.
  • The new movie was released in May and has grossed $291 million in North America and $548.6 million worldwide, and UniZe is claiming damages.

The family of the author whose article inspired the original 1986 movie Top Gun has sued Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement on this year’s sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

The family of Ehud Yonai, who died in 2012, alleged that Paramount failed to restore the rights to the late author’s original 1983 article, Top Guns, before releasing what a complaint described as a “derivative” sequel this year.

Shosh Yonai and Yuval Yonai, who live in Israel and are Ehud’s widow and son, said Paramount intentionally ignored the copyright return to them in January 2020, “ignoring” federal copyright law.

The complaint as Top Gun: Maverick comes despite the high box office, having raised more than half a billion dollars in its first 10 days.

The Yonay family says Paramount's rights to the Top Gun story expired in 2020, but the studio released a sequel (pictured above) using elements from the original story in 2022 anyway.

The Yonay family says Paramount’s rights to the Top Gun story expired in 2020, but the studio released a sequel (pictured above) using elements from the original story in 2022 anyway.

The cover page for the 1983 Top Guns article, by Ehud Yonai, which inspired the original 1986 Top Gun movie

The cover page for the 1983 Top Guns article, by Ehud Yonai, which inspired the original 1986 Top Gun movie

Top Gun, Tom Cruise’s beloved and beloved 1986 film about Navy fighter pilots at an elite flight school, was based on a 1983 article in California Magazine about Navy fighter pilots at a base in San Diego.

Paramount bought exclusive rights to the 35-year story, which Yonays says ended in 2020. The family began restoring copyrights to the original story in 2018, according to the lawsuit, by sending Paramount notice of their intent, which It came into effect in January 2020.

Top Gun: Maverick was originally scheduled to be released in June 2020, but has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some reports say the film ended production in 2019, while the lawsuit claims it wasn’t completed until May 2021, more than a year after studio rights expired.

Yonays says the new Top Gun movie is blatantly derived from the original article, and that Paramount ignored the rights transfer.

Tom Cruise in the original 1986 film Top Gun. He reprized his role in the 2022 sequel called The Family of the Man Who Wrote the Original Inspiration for the Films

Tom Cruise in the original 1986 film Top Gun. He reprized his role in the 2022 sequel that the family of the man who wrote the original inspiration for the films called “Derivative.”

The lawsuit says: “On January 24, 2020, the copyright to the story reverted to Yonays under copyright law, but Paramount has intentionally ignored this, and is disregarding the law.

The new movie was released on May 27, 2022, and grossed a staggering $291 million in North America and $548.6 million worldwide. Yonays demands damages, and an injunction is issued to prevent the studio from distributing the film.

“These allegations are baseless, and we will defend ourselves vigorously,” Paramount said. diverse.

Mark Toperoff represents Yonays, a lawyer with experience in copyright battles between studios, blockbuster films, and the authors they have been quoted from.

It currently represents the families of five authors who have filed a copyright strike against Marvel in search of a share of the profits made from characters created by their family members.

A page from the Yonays lawsuit against Paramount Pictures.  It details how the Yonays regained their rights to Top Gun in 2020, but Paramount made a sequel anyway

A page from the Yonays lawsuit against Paramount Pictures. It details how the Yonays regained their rights to Top Gun in 2020, but Paramount made a sequel anyway

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