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More Legal Quandaries: New Old Boy Lawsuit

Will this Old Boy Hollywood flick ever get made?


Boy, publisher Futabasha is really having a lot of trouble with its Old Boy licensing. A while ago Futabasha sued a company called Show East that had made a live-action film based on the manga in Korea because that company allegedly did not have a binding contract with Futabasha to make the film.

The latest in lawsuit fashion is that the plaintiff-- who goes unnamed in MSN Japan's article, found via 2ch, although we can assume it's DreamWorks or someone related --has accused Futabasha of selling them rights that they could not legally sell. Basically the Hollywood side is saying that the Japanese side already awarded the rights to make an animated film based on the manga to Show East.

It's not looking good for Futabasha; it seems unlikely that a Hollywood company-- especially one working on an animated film project with Steven Spielberg and Will Smith --would go to the trouble of a lawsuit it wasn't pretty sure it would win...but what do I know? It could just be some really hard bargaining tactic.
ethan staff on Oct. 14, 2009 at 1:14 p.m.
The live action korean film was amazing.  A must see.

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