As a result, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the former bassist, whose real name is Jacqueline Fuchs, sent letters to the filmmakers asking whether her name and likeness would be used in the film, and whether the producers planned to do right by her. In response, Jett (an executive producer of 'The Runaways'), sued her for tortious interference, arguing that Fuchs was unfairly trying to block the film's release. One character conspicuously missing from 'The Runaways' is bassist Jackie Fox. (Instead, there's a generic bassist character named Robin, played by Alia Shawkat.) But even if she had been portrayed in the film, the real-life Jackie would probably not be too happy. After all, the filmmakers, including fellow ex-Runaway Joan Jett, didn't secure her life rights before they made the movie.
As a result, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the former bassist, whose real name is Jacqueline Fuchs, sent letters to the filmmakers asking whether her name and likeness would be used in the film, and whether the producers planned to do right by her. In response, Jett (an executive producer of 'The Runaways'), sued her for Tortious interference, arguing that Fuchs was unfairly trying to block the film's release.
Fuchs played with the Runaways on their celebrated first two albums, but left the band in 1977 at the end of its tour of Japan. She eventually went to Harvard Law School (where she was reportedly a classmate of Barack Obama's) and became a Hollywood entertainment lawyer. So she presumably knows a thing or two about life rights.
The filmmakers secured life rights from singer Cherie Currie (having optioned her autobiography 'Neon Ange: A Memoir of a Runawayl'), Jett, drummer Sandy West (who died in 2006) and manager Kim Fowley, but not Fuchs or guitarist Lita Ford. According to the Reporter, production company River Road's legal team analyzed the life rights issues surrounding the movie and modified the script accordingly.
Fuchs has long battled with her ex-bandmates over rights issues, including merchandising. During production of 'The Runaways,' she began raising those issues again, Jett's lawyer, Oren Warshavsky, told the Reporter. "She was sending letters around to producers and others who were involved," Warshavsky said. "'Sounds like you're doing something including my name and likeness; what are you going to do about it?' That kind of thing."
In response, Jett, her label Blackheart Records and music producer Kenny Laguna (who's also a producer on the film) jointly filed suit against Fuchs in December. "Fuchs tried to have the ... film halted, and has demanded to see the script, even though there is no character based on her," the complaint read.
The complaint, filed in New York, was tossed out on jurisdictional grounds. But Warshavsky has said he may re-file in California. As a result, Fuchs is treating the suit as pending litigation and has declined to comment on it.
She did tell the Reporter that she hasn't spoken to Jett in a decade, and that she hasn't decided whether or not to see the film, which opens today.