CATEGORIES Movie NewsRemember 'Sister Act'? That Whoopi Goldberg comedy from 1992 that spawned a not-so-decent sequel along with a Broadway production? Well, a nun in Harlem certainly does, particularly because -- according to her -- Disney stole the idea for the movie from her life. The woman in question is Delois Blakley, whose 1987 autobiography, 'The Harlem Street Nun,' focused on her life as a "young, Black, singing nun serving the street people and youths of Harlem." She's now suing the studios behind 'Sister Act,' with allegations of breach of contract, misappropriation of likeness and unjust enrichment.
According to the complaint (which you can read in full over on The Hollywood Reporter), Blakely approached Hollywood studio executives about possibly making the movie, with TriStar Pictures expressing interest. The studios declined to comment on the legal matter.
Gallery | 5 Movie Lawsuits
'Natural Born Killers'The family of a Louisiana store clerk, who was shot by a young couple on a crime spree, sued Oliver Stone, claiming this movie inspired the crimes. The lawsuit was eventually dropped.
'The Hangover, Part II'What hasn't 'The Hangover, Part II' been sued for at this point? First the filmmakers were hit with a lawsuit alleging that they copied Mike Tyson's face tattoo without permission. That was dropped, but then they were sued again by a stunt man who suffered injuries on set. (That lawsuit is still pending.) A man also sued the filmmakers, claiming that they stole his life story and used it for 'Hangover, Part II.' Yeesh.
'Borat'Another movie that spawned a ton of legal trouble: writer/star Sacha Baron Cohen was sued for defamation as well as using footage of people without their permission.
'Passion of the Christ'The movie's screenwriter, Benedict Fitzgerald, sued Mel Gibson over not paying him enough money for the film. They settled out of court.
'Coming to America'Writer Art Buchwald sued Paramount Pictures, claiming that they stole his idea for 'Coming to America.' Buchwald won the lawsuit.
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