The Karlin Law Firm LLP

Providing quality legal services to statewide and national clients in ADA defense, Personal Injury, business and real estate for more than 35 years

Email Us
Practice Areas

Author Sues Warner Brothers Over Rights to "Gravity"

Best selling author Tess Gerritsen has sued Warner Brothers for breach of contract over their Oscar-winning space film "Gravity".  According the Gerritsen, she had a deal with a subsidary of Warner Bros. for her book of the same title, "Gravity".  While the book does not have the exact same story, there are similar elements between the two story, including the idea of a lone female astronaut stuck in space.  According to this Vanity Fair article, Gerritsen herself at the time the film was released said that the film was not based on her novel, but now has learned information that a key player in the film was one of the people originally trying to bring her book to the big screen.

Well it seems unlikely that Gerristen would prevail on a copyright infringement case, there could be a vaild breach of contract arguement, depending on the language in the original agreement when she sold the rights to her novel.  Given that potential, and the amount of money the film has generated, it seems like the smart move for Warner Bros. would be to settle with Gerristen for a reasonable amount.  It is important to keep in mind that Gerristen was already paid $1 million for the rights to her novel when she sold them 15 years ago.

If you have any questions about Breach of Contract claims, Contact Us.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

L. Scott Karlin

L. Scott Karlin

Attorney Profile
David E. Karlin

David E. Karlin

David E. Karlin is a California attorney with a primary focus on business and real estate, including law and legal issues...

Attorney Profile
Michael J. Karlin

Michael J. Karlin

Michael J. Karlin is a Southern California based attorney whose practice primarily focuses on Entertainment Law. Michael began...

Attorney Profile

Recent Articles

ADA Fraud Reported

A recent article on the news concerns a man in Riverside County who allegedly has attempted to obtain money from property owners and businesses based on alleged violations of the Americans with Disablities Act (ADA). Read More

Tustin Office
13522 Newport Avenue, Suite 201
Tustin, CA 92780

Phone: 714-881-0054
Tustin Law Office Map

Newport Beach Office
2901 West Coast Highway, Suite 200
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Phone: 949-427-9328
Newport Beach Law Office Map

Carlsbad Office
2173 Salk Avenue
Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Phone: 760-407-2409
Map & Directions

Riverside Office
6809 Indiana Avenue
Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92506

Phone: 951-643-8769
Map & Directions

Los Angeles Office
1100 S. Hope Street
Suite 103
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Phone: 213-519-5633
Map & Directions

Fresno Office
1444 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: 951-373-4384
Map & Directions