As it turns out the movie TOP GUN has some pretty interesting origins. According to a new lawsuit, Paramount Pictures has been sued by the widow of the man who originally penned the very article that sparked the franchise to begin with. Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay claim that the rights to Ehud Yonay’s story reverted back to them in 2020 which they say means that the 2022 release of the film violated their copyright.
The Yonay ‘s are attempting to use a clause in copyright that lets artists or their respective estates regain copyright after 35 years. Of course Paramount maintains that they’ve done nothing wrong and will defend themselves vigorously.
The lawsuit maintains that Paramount actually knew back in 2018 the the film copyright and general copyright of the very TOP GUN story would be given back to the family. Paramount claims that MAVERICK is not a variation of the article that sparked the franchise back in 1983.