Editor’s Note: In the interest of fairness, it should be said publisher Take-Two has gone on record denying Darabont’s claim of a legal threat. However, Take-Two did contact Turner to express concern about possible consumer confusion between the TV series (without the e) and the video game (with the e).
Here’s the full statement from Take-Two PR rep Alan Lewis:
"It's unfortunate that Mr. Darabont finds it necessary to gain publicity by making inaccurate statements – Take-Two never contacted Mr. Darabont nor threatened to sue any party. The facts are that Take-Two reached out to Turner to express concern over confusion between the properties and they responded that they had decided to change the title of the show independent of Take-Two's concerns."
It seems one of the two parties isn’t telling the full truth here but which one is giving the faulty testimony? Too bad there isn’t a real life Doubt button, cause like I always say (sometimes) “when in doubt, use Doubt!”
But all kidding aside, these trademark disputes always suck, especially ones like this in which the titles are damn near identical but at least it was resolved without getting ugly… from a legal standpoint anyway.
Supposedly the director of the upcoming TV show adaption of John Buntin's book LA Noir, Frank Darabont, said the publisher of 2011's open-world detective game LA Noire threatened to sue him over the use of the LA Noire title.
Even though the show's title is missing the "e", both Rockstar's game and the show take place during 1947 in Los Angeles. Here's what Darabont said in an interview regarding the name controversy...
"Yes, it was going to be called LA Noir, based on the book by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called LA Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the shit out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood. And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we're changing the title and i do believe the title is going to be Lost Angels."
What do you think g1s? Is Rockstar being a little too greedy? Or could the publisher/developer have their own LA Noire TV show in the works? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!