Universal Studios has taken umbrage with their latest mockbuster, American Battleship, claming that it’s a rip-off of their board-game adaptation Battleship (well… yeah).
According to TMZ, Universal has filed a lawsuit against the infamous production company.
The suit suggests Universal is “the exclusive licensee of the film rights to Hasbro, Inc.’s classic naval combat board game,” and that The Asylum has no right to produce such a similar movie.
Of course, Universal don’t have Carl Weathers in their production, so point Asylum.
The Asylum responded to Universal’s suit via Deadline:
“The timing of Universal’s recently filed lawsuit coincides with mixed reviews of its big-budget film, Battleship — the first movie based on a board game since Clue. Looking for a scapegoat, or more publicity, for its pending box-office disaster, the executives at Universal filed this lawsuit in fear of a repeat of the box office flop, John Carter of Mars. The Universal action is wholly without merit and we will vigorously defend their claims in Court. Nonetheless, we appreciate the publicity.”