The Adjustment Bureau features a gang of well-haberdasheried angels who step in to make sure the universe follows the plan laid out in their notebooks. But a new lawsuit claims that the makers of the film used their own dimension-jumping hats to steal Philip K. Dick's intellectual property.
Philip K. Dick is still one of the hottest sources of IP that's not a board game, comic or toy robot. And The Adjustment Bureau certainly used his name to promote the film — and according to the new lawsuit from the Philip K. Dick Testamentary Trust, writer/director George Nolfi paid $25,000 a year to option the story, plus promising a "set-up bonus, purchase price, and bonuses if the film actually got made and was profitable. But although the initial payments apparently went through, the Trust was then stiffed on the bonuses.
And the film's makers are now claiming that Dick's story was in the public domain — even though they spent over a million dollars to option it originally. A previous federal lawsuit was tossed out, so it will be interesting to see if this one acutally goes forward. Also, could this have an effect on Syfy's plans to make an ongoing TV series out of the movie? [Deadline]