Will Smith and Warner Bros. are among those named in a new lawsuit over the upcoming movie King Richard, which is based on the life of Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams.
The project, which has been in development for a while, is titled “King Richard” and is based on Richard Williams’ 2014 memoir “Black and White: The Way I See It.” However, Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Warner Bros. are being sued over whether or not they actually have the rights to the intellectual property.
Deadline reports that a complaint from TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi Media was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday alleging that they purchased the rights to the book for a mere $10,000 three years ago from Williams’ son and business partner Chavoita Lesane. Lesane was allegedly given limited power of attorney over Williams’ book “for the purposes of dealing with film and media rights for his book.”
King Richard is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and is currently due for release in late 2021. Smith is joined in the cast by Aunjanue Ellis, Demi Singleton, Saniyya Sidney, Jon Bernthal, Liev Schreiber, and Dylan McDermott.