What would you expect Boal to say in response to Sarver’s claims? You guessed it, Boal denies that the screenplay was based on Sarver. In fact, he told the LA Times that “William James is a fictional character that is the product of my imagination.”
Sarver felt otherwise. He sued the producers and Boal for a violation of the right of publicity, claiming that the movie improperly used his likeness.
The complaint was dismissed per California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) and was appealed to the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit…read more >