A federal lawsuit was filed on Tuesday against Disney. Screenwriter Gary Goldman is accusing Disney of stealing his idea for the animated film Zootopia. Goldman is known for big screen hits such as Total Recall and Big Trouble in Little China. Disney is accused of taking designs, themes, dialogue, characters, and even the name Zootopia from a project he developed in 2000. Goldman claims that he pitched the idea to Disney executives not once, but twice, first in 2000 and then again in 2009 and his idea was rejected both times. Disney has publicly denied these allegations.
The suit, filed by Goldman’s production company targets several Disney divisions, including its film, consumer products and video game units. Disney’s 2016 animated film Zootopia was a huge success for Disney, grossing over $1 billion in theaters worldwide and taking home the Academy Award for best animated feature film. If damages are awarded it will be a hefty payday for Goldman.
This is not the first time Disney has been accused for stealing ideas and we will definitely be following this story for you.
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