Published On: Wed, Aug 30th, 2017

Steinbeck property in lawsuit over movie remakes


Large display screen remakes of John Steinbeck’s books have been thwarted by authorized wrangling between the creator’s remaining members of the family.

An ongoing courtroom case will this week try to settle a bitter quarrel over two variations – of East of Eden and the Grapes of Wrath – which have been pitched in Hollywood however by no means made.

Family names like Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence had been believed to have an interest within the tasks.

Waverly Scott Kaffaga, the daughter of the Nobel Prize Winner’s third spouse Elaine Kaffaga, claims that John Steinbeck’s son and daughter-in-law put obstacles in the best way of the tasks, robbing her of copyright earnings.

Jurors should resolve whether or not Thomas Steinbeck and his spouse Gail interfered with offers by threatening film makers over their authorized rights to the work and even secretly signing a $650,000 deal to be an govt producer on a Grapes Of Wrath manufacturing.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'photo call for Columbia Pictures' 'Passengers' at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on December 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
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Jennifer Lawrence was regarded as inquisitive about starring in a remake of East of Eden

Emails, written by Gail Steinbeck and proven in courtroom, steered a remake of East of Eden can be “litigation metropolis” and indicating lawsuits would proceed “till I draw my final breath”.

Kaffaga’s lawyer stated in courtroom that the chance of interference prompted producers and administrators to drop the remakes.

Gail Steinbeck’s lawyer denied his consumer interfered within the profitable offers, and argued that as a result of most optioned motion pictures are by no means made the estimates Kaffaga steered had been speculative.

John Steinbeck’s novels, which embrace Of Mice and Males, most famously deal with tales of rural staff pressured emigrate throughout America by the financial deprivation of the 1930s.

He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

Though Ms Kaffaga’s legal professionals didn’t point out a sum in courtroom, Gail Steinbeck stated they beforehand requested the choose for $6.5m (£5m) plus punitive damages.

The Grapes of Wrath, starring Henry Fonda, was made in 1940, whereas East of Eden was launched in 1955 and starred James Dean in his first main movie position.


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