How's this for a twist: in an effort to preserve the integrity of a beloved franchise, a Hollywood production company is actually suing to prevent a proposed sequel. Making it weirder, this is a case of Hollywood taking a stand against books for shamelessly sequelization. Is today opposite day? Were we supposed to put our shoes on our hands, and eat ice cream for breakfast? Why is Paramount suing to keep the Mario Puzo estate from publishing another Godfather?
Hollywood Reporter broke the fascinating story, in which Paramount – which owns the Godfather copyright – is suing to prevent any more books from being published in the hit series. Paramount had previously agreed to allow the estate to publish a single sequel – Mark Winegardner's The Godfather Returns – in 2004. Paramount was reportedly displeased that Mario Puzo's estate went on to publish a second sequel, The Godfather's Revenge, also by Winegardner, in 2006. Now they have reason to believe that a third sequel is in the works, and are engaging in legal action to prevent the novel from ruining the good name of the film franchise. Sweet, sweet irony.
According to the complaint, "The unauthorized The Godfather's Revenge tarnished [the legacy of the brand], and in the process, also misled consumers in connection with advertising, marketing, and promotional material related to the first and second sequel novels."
For the record, Paramount is responsible for such brand-tarnishing films as The Last Airbender, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Aeon Flux, both Tomb Raider movies and, lest we forget, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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