Coming to America Lawsuit
A coming to America lawsuit has been filed against the movie studio Paramount for plagiarizing the story. In 1988, the movie was a box office hit, starring Eddie Murphy. The film was written by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein and credited as “Coming to America.” Buchwald claims that his original story was directly adapted from his work. However, the film is not a true account of his life.
Both films have a similar plot, and both depict the story of an African prince who ends up in a ghetto.
The young prince then falls in love with an American girl and takes her back to his homeland. The similarities were pointed out during the trial, but the story differs greatly. The court also noted that Buchwald and Murphy developed their idea several years after the latter sold the script to the studio. They were given the story credit for ‘Coming to America’.
The movie’s producers did not mention the lawsuit in their statements. The screenplay, written by David Sheffield and Barry Blaustein, was based on the script by Murphy and Arsenio Hall. The writers claimed that the idea for the film came to them while they were on tour. A spokesperson for the film said that the movie is a “wonderful” story about the American dream. Although the production team was unable to prove the authorship of the story, they claim that it inspired “King for a Day,” a comedy that was praised by critics.
The movie’s screenplay had a high level of similarities to ‘King for a Day.’
In addition, Buchwald and Murphy had access to Buchwald’s treatment for King for a Day. According to the California Superior Court, the ‘Coming to America’ film was based on the writer’s script. This lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by a two-week non-jury trial. The verdict was not reached on whether the movie benefited from the rights of the screenwriters or whether the filmmakers breached their agreement.
A second lawsuit has been filed against the film. While the director denied the lawsuit, he said that the film’s script was not his own. His lawyer, Michael Wachs, whose name is Buchwald, did not mention it. While his company has not commented on the suit, he did mention that the story was adapted from a 25-page treatment. In addition, he also said that he was influenced by the movie’s writer and director, “King For a Day.”
Both films have similarities. They both revolve around a ghetto.
The king meets a princess and falls in love. They are separated by a wall. The king’s love affair with the American princess was revealed to be fake. The heirs to the throne took her away from the American throne. He was eventually reunited with his wife, and they married. ‘Coming to America’ was the only film to contain this storyline.
The ‘Coming to America’ lawsuit had a huge impact on the movie industry. The movie featured actors James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, and John Amos. The film became a sensation in the US and a major breach of contract lawsuit against the studio followed it. The court ruled in favor of the writer, claiming that the studio breached its terms and stole the treatment from the writer.
The film was a hit and starred actors such as Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones.
But a major breach of contract lawsuit was filed against Paramount after a script treatment was stolen from Buchwald. The producer won the case, but Buchwald hailed the decision as “a win for writers everywhere.” The court’s decision in the case reflects the importance of the ‘Coming to America’ suit in Hollywood.
The “Coming to America” lawsuit was the first to cite the writer’s work. The lawsuit was settled out of court. After the two-week trial, the jury found that the movie was based on a story by Art Buchwald. It was the third lawsuit filed against the studio. The judge also ruled that the movie was a blatant plagiarization of ‘King for a Day.