Bob Dylan is seeking a court injunction to stop the release of the Sienna Miller-starring biopic Factory Girl, over concerns the movie defames him.
The film, which charts the life of Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, allegedly suggests Dylan was responsible for her 1971 suicide after jilting her.
The folk rocker is so perturbed, his lawyers have demanded producers Bob Yari and Holly Wiersma block the release of the movie until they have seen it themselves, according to PageSix.com.
Although Dylan's name has been changed to Danny Quinn and the part is reportedly a mix of him, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger, Dylan's attorney Orin Snyder insists critics who've seen screenings report the character--played by Hayden Christensen--is unmistakably the “Hurricane” superstar.
Snyder warns the filmmakers, "You appear to be laboring under the misunderstanding that merely changing the name of a character or making him a purported fictional composite will immunize you from suit. That is not so. Even though Mr. Dylan's name is not used, the portrayal remains both defamatory and a violation of Mr. Dylan's right of publicity.
"Until we are given an opportunity to view the film, we hereby demand that all distribution and screenings... immediately be ceased."
The movie is due to be released later this month.
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the producers of Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, in a dispute over the North American distribution rights.
Sony filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday accusing producer Holly Wiersma and Lift Productions of breaking a rights agreement made in October, after the Weinstein Co. announced last month they had acquired the rights to show the film in North America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Sony is asking for a court order declaring it owns the rights to the George Hickenlooper movie, which stars Sienna Miller as the troubled muse of artist Andy Warhol, played by Australian actor Guy Pearce.
The lawsuit alleges Wiersma submitted the script to the film company last summer and after the movie fell into funding problems, Sony placed an offer on the North American distribution rights, which Wiersma agreed to through her agents, in writing.
The suit says, "At no time did defendants inform (Sony) either that they believed that they did not have a binding agreement with (Sony) or that defendants were seeking to sell (Sony's) rights to any third party."
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