Here's why the 'Frozen' filmmakers are in hot water
Uh-oh, looks like things are getting icy between the makers of Frozen and a Kuwaiti author. Muneefa Abdullah published short story called “The Snow Princess” in 2007, and claims that much of Frozen’s narrative and characters came from her work. She’s suing both Disney and Jennifer Lee, the screenwriter and co-director.
So just how intense is this? “The Snow Princess,” published in Abdullah’s book New Fairy Tales, also features a princess who can turn people into ice, as well as both being set in a snowy tundra. According to Abdullah’s lawyer, this should come as no surprise:
Frozen made over $1.27 billion dollars worldwide, so if the story really did come from Abdullah, then it’s understandable that she’d want a bit of that cash. However, no one at Disney has made a statement on the current snafu. They have, however, promoted the film as being inspired by “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson.
With these common themes floating all around, can any one person truly own this story? It’s up to the lawyers to decide if this case is worth pursuing, or if they should simply…let it go (I’m sorry, I had to!).
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