NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court to block the publication of a prequel to "The Godfather."
Based on an unpublished screenplay penned by the late "Godfather" author Mario Puzo, "The Family Corleone" novel is set to be published by Grand Central Publishing in July.
Paramount, which said it purchased the "Godfather" copyright from Puzo in 1969, claimed the author's son Anthony is infringing on that trademark by allowing Ed Falco, a novelist and short story author who oversees the creative writing program at Virginia Tech, to pen a prequel to the celebrated mob saga, the New York Daily News reported.
The studio said in court documents filed this week it is afraid "Corleone" could damage "the integrity and reputation of the 'Godfather' trilogy -- one of the most acclaimed and beloved artistic works of the past 50 years," the newspaper said.
The New York Times said Puzo's lawyer and a press representative for Grand Central Publishing did not immediately reply to its requests for comment on the lawsuit.