Apr 27 2010 02:52 PM ET

Fox sued for 'Chipmunks' millions

The family that owns the rights to Alvin and the Chipmunks has sued 20th Century Fox, claiming that it’s owed “half of all profits” from last year’s hit movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Bagdasarian Prods. and writer Janice Karman claim that the studio took substantial portions of a screenplay prepared for the sequel by Karman, the wife of the late creator’s son, without authorization. Separately, the suit alleges that Fox breached an agreement over promotional tie-ins using the Chipmunk characters. The 2009 movie made $442 million at the worldwide box office.

In a statement to the Reporter, Fox said, “the Bagdasarian’s claims are completely without merit. We look forward to resolving our differences and, in the meantime, we are continuing to move forward with the franchise.”

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  • erin

    I’m thinking of suing Fox and the Bagdarians for subjecting the public to the movie in the first place.

  • Phantanos

    Fox put it’s foot in it! They didn’t honor the contract. Universal tried the same thing and got burned in court. Don’t tick off a Chipmunk! That goes for you as well Erin!

  • maud

    Chipmunks rule! Pay them the money Fox.

  • Freddy

    The Bagdasarians attempt this kind of extortion with all their partners, it’s become a way of doing business with them. They may get settlements, but never what they ask for and Fox bought the rights to this franchise, so really owes them nothing.

  • Phantanos

    Guess again Freddy! They licensed the Characters. The Rights are still the Bagdasarians! The Chipettes belong to Karman who’s script they used! Big shot companies always try to short change authors,creators, and Artist! P.S. Freddy! After reading your Comment, I see that you clearly have your head in your butt!

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