‘Twilight’ Parody Producers Sue Summit Entertainment for $500 Million

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We’ve all seen our share of Twilight parodies. From the Bad Lip Reading of New Moon to the full-length Vampires Suck film, they’re nothing new. But in the eyes of parent company Summit, one spoof took it too far, so they shut it down. Now, said spoof-ers are fighting back.

Behind the Lines Productions is suing Summit, as well as overseer Lionsgate Entertainment, for wrongfully terminating its feature-length movie, Twiharder. In a lawsuit — that’s 219 pages long by the way — Behind the Lines accuses Lionsgate-Summit of making “anti-competitive conduct.” Twiharder “portrayed hyper-exaggerated caricatures from The Twilight Saga movies and lampooned expressive elements embodied in Defendants’ pre-existing works through imitative reference.”

To sum up, the larger company sent a “sham” cease-and-desist notice, ruining Behind the Lines’ production as well as their relationships with distributors and insurers who revoked their offers after Summit’s interruption. So they’re asking for $500 million(!) in damages.

What are your thoughts on the case? Whose side are you on — the Twilighter producers’ or the Twilight producers’? Tell us your opinions in the comments below!

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