[Exclusive] Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company’s Hijacking – Hollywood Reporter

According to the complaint, Mort, who co-wrote the feature film The Brave One and has worked on shows including Will and Grace and Roseanne, optioned Simone’s life story in 2005. That was two years after the singer behind such classics as Feeling Good and Sinner Man died. Mort says she worked for years to get the movie off the ground. It would not only cover Simone’s singing career, but also her role as a dedicated civil rights activist.From 2005 through 2012, Mort worked with Paramount Pictures, and after she was quitclaimed rights to the film by the studio, she assigned them to Ealing and Nina Productions and executed a director agreement to work on the picture.The lawsuit paints the portrait of a director who gained broad rights over the developing picture. She allegedly got approval rights over the final shooting script, the cast and crew, the line producer, the designer and all department heads. She is said to have been given consulting rights on advertising, distribution, shooting schedule and budget.

 

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