© Reuters. Director of “Rebel Moon”, Zack Snyder 05/14/2021 REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Por Blake Brittain
(Reuters) – A publisher of licensed movie-themed tabletop games sued Netflix (NASDAQ:) in California federal court on Thursday, accusing the company of violating a contract for a game tied to the upcoming sci-fi film from the streaming giant, “Rebel Moon.”
The lawsuit filed by San Mateo, Calif.-based Evil Genius Games said Netflix falsely claimed it had breached confidentiality obligations to seize rights to the game and related materials.
Representatives for Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
Evil Genius attorney John Fowler said Thursday that the company “put heart, soul, and tremendous resources and skills into the Rebel Moon tabletop RPG project, only to be abruptly sidelined for no justifiable reason.”
Evil Genius has made licensed role-playing games based on film franchises including “Rambo,” “Highlander” and “Pacific Rim.” The lawsuit claims that Netflix and “Rebel Moon” director Zack Snyder were “delighted” with the proposal for a game based on the new science fiction film, which is expected to be released in December.
According to the complaint, Evil Genius completed the game in May, along with an extensive 228-page “world bible” with a “cohesive backstory” for the “Rebel Moon” universe, which Snyder and Netflix indicated they would use in the film and planned spin-offs.
The suit claims that Netflix wrongfully accused Evil Genius of releasing confidential content and unapproved artwork at a board game fair in April, using the allegations as a pretext to “assert ownership of Plaintiff’s intellectual property, disrupt the project and prevent the game from being released (or potentially release it to avoid sharing the profits).”
(Reporting by Blake Brittain in Washington)
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