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'MacGyver' Creator Wants To Stop 'MacGruber' Film

The creator of the 'MacGyver' wants to put a stop to 'MacGruber', the SNL skit based Will Forte parody set to hit theaters in April.

Lee Zlotoff, who created the ABC series about the resourceful secret agent, says he isn't happy that Relativity Media is releasing a comedy based on his character.

"We feel they’re infringing our rights," Zlotoff's lawyer, Paul Mayersohn, tells THR. Mayersohn says that they may file a copyright or trademark lawsuit to get an injunction against the film's release as they get closer to the April 23 release date.

Parody films are nothing new, however, what New Line is upset about is that 'MacGruber's release comes as they are in the midst of development for a 'MacGyver' movie.

They contend that the parody and its perception may hurt the market for the original. And while no 'MacGyver' fan would confuse the two, some uninitiated fans may confuse the two simply because of the name.

Mayersohn says the difference between 'Austin Powers', which parodies James Bond, and 'MacGruber' is that while the former is so obviously a parody with a different character, name, and look altogether, MacGruber doesn't stray far enough from the original character.

It could be an interesting argument, however, one that will no doubt be a tough sell in court.

February 5, 2010 |

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