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…