Voltage Pictures, the production company that has made headlines for aggressive lawsuits against internet pirates for copyright infringement of their films like “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Hurt Locker,” has found itself on the other side of the fence this week.
Japanese company Toho, the rights holders to the “Godzilla” franchise, have filed a lawsuit against Voltage for their upcoming monster film “Colossal” which has Anne Hathaway attached to star. In the film, Hathaway will reportedly play a woman who realizes her mind is strangely connected to a giant lizard destroying Tokyo.
In the complaint, filed Tuesday in California, the company claims the filmmakers “are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.” Part of the problem has to do with an e-mail blast sent out ahead of Cannes this month where the film is being sold, an e-mail that includes a photo from the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot. That, however, isn’t the only evidence.
In the complaint, Toho says: “That anyone would engage in such blatant infringement of another’s intellectual property is wrong enough. That defendants, who are known for zealously protecting their own copyrights, would do so is outrageous in the extreme.”
Toho is suing for copyright and trademark infringements, trademark dilution, Lanham Act violations, unfair competition and unjust enrichment, and wants Voltage enjoined from producing the film along with unspecified damages.
Source: THR Esq