May 23, 2017

“Twilight” literary scout sues, claims she’s owed more money


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “Twilight Saga” films have made billions upon billions of dollars worldwide wince making the leap from page to screen. Now the woman who claims to have “discovered” the literary property as a potential movie franchise wants a bigger slice of the pie.

Nanette Shipley filed a lawsuit filed earlier this week claiming that she worked as a “literary scout” for Maverick Films and helped obtain the rights to two major film properties – “Twilight” and “Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief.” THR reports that Shipley was promised $75,000 for her work in regarding “Twilight,” and $100,000 for “Thief.” To date, she says she only has been paid $20,000, so she wants the balance.

Mark Morgan took over Maverick in 2008, relaunching it as Imprint Entertainment. He helped set up “Twilight” at “Summit” and shipped “Percy Jackson” to Fox, where both properties thrived.

THR reached out to Morgan, but he couldn’t be reached to comment on the pending lawsuit.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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