Crouching Tiger Sequel in Canadian Courts
Success brings in the lawyers faster than failure.
CBC Arts files a report about a court battle of film rights to a novel. A case in point is Dr. Hong Wang — who works as a research scientist for Agriculture Canada in Swift Current — whose father wrote 5 novels, one of them Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Ang Lee film based on the book went on to make $200 million in worldwide sales. Lee and his co-producer got the original rights for a five-year period for $30,000.00. Now the family wants $500,000 from those wanting to make the sequel.
The crouching tiger is Sony Pictures, which has sued the family in Regina. Another studio, we will call them Hidden Dragon, also claims rights to the book.