Fox Really, Really, REALLY Doesn’t Want Anyone Reading that Deadpool Script

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Or any of their other scripts, for that matter. And if you somehow get your grubby little Internet hands on it, don’t you dare post it online. That was apparently the mistake one Patricia McIlvaine, a would-be screenwriter based in New York who sales flowers over the phone by day made when she somehow got a copy of Fox’s script for “Deadpool” and put it up on her site for the masses to read. Now Fox is coming after her to the tune of $15 million dollars for posting that script as well as others. That’s, uh, a lot of flowers.

THR has the lawsuit details:

According to the complaint, McIlvaine’s actions allegedly cause particular damage to films and TV shows that are still in development. The postings “interfere and trade off of the costly and carefully designed creative processes that produce finished works ready for public consumption. They harm the fans who do not want their enjoyment of a movie or television show to be spoiled by knowing the story ahead of actually being able to watch it.”

Fox’s lawsuit mentions various scripts including Aliens, Edward Scissorhands, Wall Street, and Glee. It also mentions the leak of the script for the X-Men sequel Deadpool, which isn’t scheduled to be released until 2012.

The script in question appears to be the one by “Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and which had leaked onto the net a while back and been reviewed by a couple of sites. You won’t find those reviews anywhere, though, since they’ve been pulled by the sites in deference (aka threat of lawsuit/harsh language/wedgie) by the studio.

The funny thing is, word on the script was that it was incredibly faithful to Deadpool’s comic book origins, and was apparently exactly what would-be star Ryan Reynolds wanted for his live-action movie. Everyone who has read it seems to have really liked it.

Now if only Fox can put as much energy into getting the damn movie made as they seem to be getting people to stop reading the script for it…

Mums the word on that script, Deadpool!

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  • ulik

    If she was a CEO of a company or if they were suing a company THAT COULD PAY $15 MILLION, then I could see it a little bit. But they aint seeing that money unless she wins the lottery or pays it over 3 life times. Talk about how bad THAT karma would be. Seriously, I’m not defending what she did but she wasn’t the SOURCE of the leak, and by far not the only one to upload it. Whoever the source was,has a direct link or works for FOX. She’s being used as an example cuz FOX is still mad about the XO-Wolverine movie leak and don’t want anything like that to happen again and although I HATE FOX with a passion,I can’t blame them for wanting to protect their copyrights. They are just being excessive about it though and they will never see that money and I’m sure they know that too, it’s just a warning and example they are using for everyone else who thinks about leaking FOX stuff in the future.

    • OK Records

      Ulik,

      It’s not a matter of Fox actually gettin the 15 million dollars in question. It’s about making examples out of people. The reason people keep stealing things via the internet is because it’s been relatively consiquence free. These types of lawsuit send a reminder to all out there downloading things illegally, and posting things illegally that they can and will be held accountable for it.

      • ulik

        I agree, that’s basically what I was saying.

  • Juggernaut

    It dosen’t really matter if the script is leaked or not leaked, people are sued or not sued, the movie gets made or doesn’t get made, it is going to suck anyway! Fox blows. They already ruined one of the coolest comic characters of all time once, they WILL do it again.

    • ulik

      I know right!? LOL! They may get a superb script but the movie might still suck cuz of FOX’s notorious obsession with interfering and changing stuff into crap that makes no sense during production.

  • OK Records

    Ulik,

    It’s not a matter of Fox actually gettin the 15 million dollars in question. It’s about making examples out of people. The reason people keep stealing things via the internet is because it’s been relatively consiquence free. These types of lawsuit send a reminder to all out there downloading things illegally, and posting things illegally that they can and will be held accountable for it.