Fight heats up between Paramount and Mario Puzo’s estate

“The Godfather” author’s son countersues movie studio

In line with any good mob story, the fight is getting bloody.

Last month, Paramount Pictures sued the estate of Mario Puzo, author of the popular 1960s novel “The Godfather,” for copyright infringement. In its suit, the studio claimed Puzo’s estate violated Paramount’s copyright on “The Godfather” when it published a second sequel, “The Godfather’s Revenge,” without permission. The studio—which purchased rights to the novel in 1969 and turned it into an Academy Award-winning film—is seeking damages as well as an order to prevent Puzo’s estate from publishing “The Family Corleone,” a third sequel, in May.


Cathleen Flahardy

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