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Amazon’s ‘Dead Ringers’ faces idea theft lawsuit

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Amazon’s ‘Dead Ringers’ faces idea theft lawsuit

A producer has sued the production company Morgan Creek Entertainment for violating her contract by selling the project to Amazon.

In the lawsuit, Renee Tab, who runs Sentient Entertainment, alleged that she was not given credit or paid for her work on the upcoming Rachel Weisz comedy "Dead Ringers," which will be available on Amazon Prime Video.

The play features Weisz as corrupt twin gynecologists, which is based on the 1988 David Cronenberg film of the same name that starred Jeremy Irons in the lead role.

In the lawsuit, Tab claims that it was her idea to cast Weisz in the production and to switch the genders of the main characters.

According to Tab, she and Morgan Creek signed an attachment agreement in 2014, agreeing to which she would produce the show as an executive producer.

The lawsuit claims that Tab had a "deep history" with Cronenberg, was aware of Weisz's enthusiasm for the subject matter, and contributed significantly to the idea's development.

She claims that without her knowledge, Morgan Creek turned around and sold the project to Amazon.

The project was made public by Amazon in August 2020, and it is scheduled for release in 2023.

According to the lawsuit, Tab wrote a letter to Morgan Creek in September 2020 reminding them of her devotion to the project, but the business swiftly disregarded her claim.

In the past, Tab has produced movies like “Feud,” “Maps to the Stars” and “Peppermint.”

PitchMark recently covered a story about writer, performer, and artist Christine Davis accusing Quinta Brunson, the creator of the popular television show "Abbott Elementary," and the network behind it, ABC, of copyright violations as she alleged that the show is a copy of her own script "This School Year."

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