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EXCLUSIVE: Mark Frost, the co-creator of Twin Peaks and the screenwriter of several films including Rise of the Silver Silver, has filed an interesting lawsuit over screen rights to one of his books.
Earlier this year, a company called MVP Entertainment announced to prospective investors that it had “successfully closed a deal to acquire the film and television rights to Mark Frost’s bestselling book The Match.”
The book, which was a New York Times bestseller upon its publication in 2007, tells the story of a private golf game played in 1956 between four of the game’s greatest players — Hall of Famers Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson and up-and-comers Ken Venturi and Harvey Ward. What made the match so intriguing was that the promoter for the amateurs had made a bet with a fellow millionaire that Venturi and Ward could beat anybody in the world.
Seemingly a great story, and Frost says there was interest from a number of parties into turning the story into a feature film. One of those interested parties was MVP, a British Columbia-based production company whose credits include working on MacGyver for Paramount, Broken Trust for TNT, and the feature film Crying Freeman.
However, Frost says he concluded that MVP were not the right company to turn his book into a movie because he felt execs were “dishonest” about their industry experience.
Nevertheless, MVP is alleged to have told investors it had optioned the film, even including a full synopsis of the story (with quotes from Frost) in its investment literature.
In a lawsuit filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Frost claims that MVP has no rights to his book. Instead of attacking the possible fraud, Frost is claiming that MVP has infringed the copyright on its book in its investment literature, plus violated both his trademarks and publicity rights. Frost is asking for maximum statutory damages, MVP’s ill-gotten gains, and a restraining order against further violations of his rights.
MVP hasn’t responded to requests for comment.
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