Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A Los Angeles federal judge dismissed a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by an author against Warner Bros. over the Oscar-winning space thriller “Gravity,” according to court papers obtained Monday.

In her April 2014 lawsuit, Tess Gerritsen alleged the film was based on her 1999 book and that she was owed at least $10 million in damages.

According to her complaint, the film rights to Gerritsen’s”Gravity” were sold to Katja, a company owned by New Line, which is now a subsidiary of Warner Bros., for $1 million, plus a $500,000 production bonus, and 2.5 percent of net proceeds if the movie was ever made.

But U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow wrote Friday that Gerritsen cannot prove that the “Gravity” rights and contracts have been passed from Katja to New Line to Warner Bros.

“No plausible inference arises from these allegations that WB was a party to the contracts or that Katja produced the film,” Morrow wrote.

The judge said Gerritsen did not show “how it is that WB exercises complete management, control, ownership and domination over New Line and Katja. Without a factual basis, her conclusory allegations are insufficient.”

Morrow dismissed the lawsuit, giving Gerritsen 20 days to file an amended complaint.

Writing on her website, Gerritsen said she intends to file a new lawsuit.

City News Service

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