A British screenwriter is taking legal action in a bid to stop Disney bosses releasing the upcoming sequel to hit animated film Cars, alleging they stole the original movie's concept from his work in the 1990s.
Jake Mandeville-Anthony has filed a lawsuit against studio chiefs at Disney and Pixar, claiming the 2006 box office hit is based on two screenplays which he submitted to a number of production companies back in 1993.
He allegedly created Cookie & Co., based on the experiences of real life racing driver Michael Owen Perkins, and a second screenplay called Cars, which included animated car character descriptions and sketches.
Mandeville-Anthony claims he sent his ideas to both Disney and Lucasfilm, which has long-standing links to Pixar.
He filed his complaint in a U.S. court this week (beg21Mar11) alleging copyright infringement and breach of implied contract. He is seeking actual or statutory damages and an injunction to halt the release of Cars 2, which is due in cinemas in June (11).
Mandeville-Anthony is currently locked in a legal dispute with the movie giants in his native U.K., and a recent judgement on the case has remained private, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The first Cars movie made more than $450 million (£281 million) at the global box office.