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Writer Sues Warner Bros. Over 'Gravity' Deadline

A bestselling author whose books are the basis for TNT’s popular drama series “Rizzoli & Isles” is suing Warner Bros. over the Alfonso Cuaron-directed feature film “Gravity,” reports Deadline.com.

Tess Gerritsen, who said previously that the movie had nothing to do with her 1999 novel “Gravity,” is now claiming that she is owed a “based on the book by Tess Gerritsen” credit, as well as a $500,000 production bonus and 2.5% of the net proceeds of any film based on the book, the story says.

The lawsuit is asking for $10 million as well as damages, the piece reports.

“Being that the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney starrer has made more than $716 million worldwide since its October 4 release, Gerritsen could be aiming for even more big bucks if her lawyer ever gets the real final figures from WB accounting,” the article adds.

The piece also says: “And the fact is right off the bat, her ‘Gravity’ book does share some details with the movie: Both are about a female astronaut trapped in space and fighting for her life, though the book involves a virus on the International Space Station and the film does not.”

Along with "Gravity," Gerritsen's bestsellers include "Harvest," "Life Support" and "Bloodstream." Her character Jane Rizzoli was introduced in her 2001 crime thriller "The Surgeon."

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