Paramount Pictures, demanding that the estate of author Mario Puzo not license any more literary sequels to The Godfather, has filed a lawsuit against Anthony Ruzzo, son and executor of his late father’s estate, and is seeking an injunction precluding any further alleged copyright and trademark infringement.
Paramount studio gained a copyright of Puzo’s famed novel, The Godfather in 1969, getting the sole and exclusive right to make and cause to be made literary and dramatic and other versions and adaptations of every kind and character. The agreement paved the way for the legendary Francis Ford Coppola film in 1972, as well as two movie sequels.
Puzo died in 1999, and after his death, the estate run by his son expressed an interest in sequel novels written by other authors.
Paramount says that the Puzo estate is getting ready for a third sequel novel and is going to court to stop the publication. The book is reportedly titled The Family Coreleone and scheduled to be released in July.