Francis Ford Coppola has filed a lawsuit against his “Contact Person” against Warner Bros. and Carl Sagan at the same time all this between him and Warner Bros. about “Pinocchio” is really heating up. Speaking to Vulture, Ann Druyan said it was only after receiving the summons that she learned of what was going on:
“Warner’s chief executive, Courtenay Valenti, she said, ‘Don’t worry about that. We have your support. He’s mad at us for ‘Pinocchio’, and that’s why he’s doing this. And there’s no reason you should even join. ‘”
The whole experience was obviously very painful for Druyan, coming at a time when she was just beginning to grieve over Sagan’s passing. “I was brought down many times by [Coppola’s] attorney, and I’ll be sitting there – these are the months after Carl’s death, when I’ve just held him together, in pain and despair,” she said. They will show me Carl’s manuscript with his beautiful child. Brooklyn Public School’s handwriting was in the corners, and I would start crying as soon as I saw his handwriting. “
By early 1998, Coppola’s “Contact” lawsuit had been dismissed. However, the judge for the case actually agreed that Sagan had violated (quoting Diversity) “some provisions” of his contract with Coppola for the project. Similarly, he ruled Coppola waited too long to file the lawsuit and their agreement was no longer valid as written. On the other hand, Coppola’s “Pinocchio” lawsuit resulted in the director and Fred Fuchs being awarded $20 million for lost earnings from the film, and an additional $60 million for Warner Bros. to discontinue production of the film. at Sony.
Incredibly, Coppola and Warner Bros. have refused to cooperate with each other since then.
https://www.slashfilm.com/948655/a-legal-battle-with-francis-ford-coppola-could-have-been-the-end-of-contact/ Legal battle with Francis Ford Coppola may have ended contact