Filmmaker Mike White
is being sued over his latest film Year Of The Dog
by his former friend Laura Kightlinger
, who claims she gave him the idea for the movie. Kightlinger has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claming she gave him the script named 'We Are Animals' about a woman who loves rescuing cats. Year Of The Dog, which stars Laura Dern
and Molly Shannon
, centers on a pet-obsessive.
White tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "They are totally different scripts. I know there is a similarity in the sense that (the female leads) both have pets that they care about, but beyond that, everything she is saying that is similar seems like a real stretch to me."
"The only thing that has ever mattered to me as far as my work was that people thought I was original and that I had integrity. I never cared if they thought I was weird or uncommercial or an acquired taste or whatever. That Laura is seeking publicity for herself by trying to damage what I have spent my career trying to create seems cruel."
Kightlinger's lawyer Jennifer McGrath says, "Our claim is not a copyright claim but rather a breach of 'implied' contract claim. Mike and Laura were friends, but he was also a writer-producer. There was an expectation that if she told him her idea and he was going to use it in some way, she would be paid and she would also be involved in the project."
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