Best selling Chinese American author Tess Gerritsen is suing Warner Bros for $10 million charging the studio based its hit movie Gravity on her book of the same name, reports Hollywood.
Gerritsen penned the book Gravity, the story of a female astronaut trapped in space and fighting for her life in 1999..
A news release sent out on her behalf stated it this way:
Ms. Gerritsen believed that as improbable as it appeared, it was at least within the realm of possibility that an independent storyteller could come up with the same specific setting, character, situation, and give it an identical title.
Then, in February 2014, Ms. Gerritsen received startling new information from a reliable source. She was told that at least one individual who was key to the development of the film Gravity had also been connected to her project while it was in development, and would have been familiar with her novel.
Ms. Gerritsen is now convinced the similarities are not merely coincidental. Therefore, she has decided to pursue legal action. She has engaged Glen Kulik, of the firm of Kulik Gottesman & Siegel LLP, to file a complaint against Warner Bros., New Line and Katja.
She is demanding author credit for the Oscar-winning movie and 2.5% of the net profits.
The sci-fi movie starred Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris and Phaldut Sharma.