`Gravity` author Tess Gerritsen sues Warner Bros

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 01, 2014, 11:37 AM IST

Los Angeles: Author Tess Gerritsen has sued Warner Bros for USD 10 million, claiming the studio based the story from their blockbuster `Gravity` from her novel of the same name and never gave her credit for it.

Gerritsen, whose crime novels inspired TNT`s hit `Rizzoli & Isles`, sold the film rights to her book for USD 1 million to New Line Productions, a subsidiary of the studio in 1999, reportedly.

She has now sued the company for reneging on a contract after they failed to release a "based upon" credit in the 2013 movie `Gravity`, which starred George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

According to a complaint Gerritsen filed in Los Angeles, Gerritsen was entitled to a USD 500,000 bonus and 2.5 per cent of the net proceeds of a movie based on her book if such a film was made.

Gerritsen also stated that she wrote additional material for the film, including the scene about a "surviving female medical doctor/astronaut left drifting in her spacesuit, alone and untethered, seeking the means to return to Earth."

To date, the film has made more than USD 716 million. Gerritsen`s hoping for a jury trial to settle the matter.