Netflix has been hit with a lawsuit over Black Mirror movie spin-off Bandersnatch, claiming it rips off a series of children's books. The franchise was extremely popular during the 1980s, growing to 184 books with more than 250 million copies printed.More news: Federal Bureau of Investigation probed whether Trump was Russian agent
"Chooseco and Netflix engaged in extensive negotiations that were ongoing for a number of years, but Netflix did not receive a license", states the complaint, per THR. And there is a part in the movie where the characters discuss the Choose Your Own Adventure books by name, so Chooseco may have a leg or two to stand on here.
Chooseco printed over 620,000 copies of its Choose Your Own Adventure series for distribution across the nation previous year, according to the lawsuit. 20th Century Fox is now in talks with the publisher to develop an interactive series based on the property, according to The Hollywood Reporter.More news: 3 dead, multiple injuries following bus crash in Ottawa
"Netflix intentionally and willfully used Chooseco's famous mark in order to benefit from the positive associations with - and nostalgia for - the brand by adults who read the series as youngsters", the suit alleges. Because of the use of the phrase, Chooseco is asking for either $25 million in damages or all profits from Bandersnatch.
Chooseco said the Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch's use of the term is creating consumer confusion and harming the brand. Chooseco also claims it sent Netflix a cease-and-desist letter before the release of "Bandersnatch", according to the Hollywood Reporter. "The misappropriation of the trademark without permission puts Chooseco in a hard situation as the graphic and offensive nature of the content is particularly damaging for fans of the series young and old, and tarnishes the mark".More news: Elon Musk shares the first proper image of his massive rocket
Netflix, which has avoided using the phrase "choose your own adventure" in advertising, is yet to comment publicly on the case.