Screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan is suing Tom Cruise for $1 billion over claims that he plagiarized his script and turned it into Mission: Impossible – Ghost
Protocol. The film is Cruise’s highest grossing film to date.
McLanahan wants $1 billion, a number drawn up by adding together the film’s global ticket sales, DVD and Blu-ray numbers and rental and licensing fees. The writer contends that he finished a script titled Head On back in 1998, which eventually fell into the lap of agent Rick Nicita. Nicita’s wife Paula Wagner is Cruise’s production partner.
The actor’s camp has not yet commented on the lawsuit. Cruise is not the first celebrity to face lawsuits over his work. Angelina Jolie, James Cameron and Albin Grau have all been hit with lawsuits over the originality of their works.
Details and photo courtesy of National Post