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Tuesday March 22, 2011 4:01 am

Disney Sued for Ripping Off Cars Script, Sequel Delayed?


Jake Mandeville-Anthony, U.K. screenwriter, has just filed an injunction to stop the June 24 release of the highly-anticipated Disney/Pixar sequel, Cars 2. His claim? The uber-company ripped off his script -- Cars was his idea in the first place.

Mandeville-Anthony says he originally submitted a script in the 90s, a three-part screenplay named “Cookie & Co.” and another piece titled “Cars.” His “Cars” contained a sample screenplay, animated car character descriptions, character sketches… even a marketing and merchandising plan. The writer alleges that he submitted his work to Disney and met with Lucasfilm exec Jim Morris in 1993. Morris would go on to join Pixar in 2005. He is now the company’s general manager.

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And, there are some striking similiarities. Mandeville-Anthony’s version of the story has a Model T Ford character named Stanley, a leading sports car character modeled after an Aston-Martin… even a broken-down old truck character.

But, there is at least one burning question: why wait until now, when Cars 2 is in the eleventh hour? Why didn’t he file the suit years ago -- say, in 2006 when Cars was released?



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