Mario Puzo's family at war with Paramount Pictures over 'The Godfather' book sequel release

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 08:31 hrs

Children of the legendary "Godfather" author and Italian American screenwriter Mario Puzo have sued famous film and television distribution firm Paramount Pictures for trying to prevent publication of a new book.

The book, which is a sequel to 'The Godfather', titled 'The Family Corleone', is being disputed between Paramount Pictures and Puzo's children, over who owns the rights to the book.

The children's lawyer, Bertram Fields, has claimed that there are breaks in a 1969 deal, which the studio struck with Puzo for the rights to "The Godfather."

According to the New York Daily News, the dispute began in February when Paramount moved to block the book's publication, after Puzo's children sold the rights to Grand Central Publishing.

In a US federal court, in a lawsuit filed by the Puzo's family, Fields argued that Puzo's agreement with Paramount for "The Godfather" never included future books.

"Mario Puzo would never have made that deal if he knew what Paramount was going to do," said Fields.

Grand Central Publishing published the book in May, but is holding the profits in escrow until Paramount's lawsuit is resolved. Paramount Pictures is currently seeking a temporary restraining order against publication of the book.

Puzo sold "The Godfather" to Paramount for 50,000 dollars, which are now worth 100 million dollars, the report said. (ANI)

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