Talk about cracking the legal whip!
Fifty Shades Ltd., the original copyright holder of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, and Universal Pictures, which controls the movie rights, are suing the makers of a porn flick dubbed Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation, alleging they're violating the copyright and trademark on the best-selling trilogy and creating confusion in the marketplace.
Per the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles and obtained by E! News, the plaintiffs claim Smash Pictures and adult video director James Lane, who's credited onscreen as Jim Powers, have engaged in a "willful attempt to capitalize on the reputation of the book."
According to court docs, the studio and Fifty Shades Ltd. argue that Smash honcho Stuart Wall declared his intentions to essentially make a knockoff of the popular BDSM-themed novel about a college graduate named Anastasia Steele and her kinky affair with Christian Grey, a wealthy businessman.
As evidence, the suit points to an interview Wall gave LA Weekly last summer in which the executive was quoted as saying, "Since they are going to make a mainstream [movie] of the books, too, dabbling in the adult world we're choosing to go with a XXX adaption which will stay very true to the book and its S&M-themed romance."
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