LOS ANGELES: A company responsible for a Twilight parody has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Lionsgate, the makers of the original franchise.
Behind the Lines Productions is seeking damages after the release of its feature-length film Twiharder was allegedly blocked. The plaintiff claims that the film - which features exaggerated versions of the Stephenie Meyer creations - had passed the scrutiny of lawyers, insurers and fair use experts.
Several major distributors had apparently expressed an interest in the film, but backed out after Lionsgate allegedly delivered a “sham” cease and desist order.
The defendant is accused of “anticompetitive conduct” in the 219-page lawsuit.
Courtney Love claimed this week that her then-13-year-old daughter Frances Bean turned down the starring role of Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga series.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two completed the film franchise last year.–DS