Man claims that 2012 animated feature infringed on his manuscript copyright
“Wreck-It Ralph” might be heading for an adaptation from the big screen to the courtroom.
The Walt Disney Company is being sued by a man who claims that the company ripped off his idea for the 2012 animated feature, “Wreck-It Ralph.”
In the suit, filed in a Texas federal court last week, Dyke Robinson claim that “Wreck-It Ralph” infringes on his copyright for his manuscript “Digiland.”
Robinson claims that he submitted his manuscript to Disney in 2012, but that it was turned down by Disney.
“Plaintiffs allege that Defendant is engaged in actual copying of Plaintiff’s work, or … alternatively, Defendants created derivative work[s] from Plaintiff’s work, thus infringing Plaintiff’s rights, including but not limited to Plaintiff’s Registered Copyright,” the lawsuit reads.
A spokesman for Disney has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
According to the suit, Robinson is seeking “the maximum statutory damages of $10 million.”
“Wreck-It Ralph” revolves around video-game characters who leave their games at night when their arcade closes.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film had a worldwide gross of more than$471 million, with a production budget of $164 million.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.