Aretha Franklin Has Stepped Up Her Legal Efforts To Block Movie Producer Alan Elliott From Screening His Documentary Amazing Grace.
The legendary soul diva filed an amended complaint in Colorado Federal Court on Sunday (13Sep15), and has requested that a judge declare that Elliott would require her permission to screen the film in public or commercially.
Her latest attempt to block the documentary comes after reports that Elliott and agency WME had secretly shown the film to studio bosses at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday (12Sep15) in an attempt to secure a distributor.
Editors at The Wrap report there are several offers for the controversial project about Franklin's 1972 performance shot by Sidney Pollack, but no deal can be sealed until the legal matters are resolved.
The amended complaint states, "On September 8, 2015, Mr. Elliott's counsel agreed via e-mail that Mr. Elliott would not show the Film publicly. Yet, on Saturday, September 12, 2015, Ms. Franklin's counsel was informed via press inquiries that Mr. Elliott on that day was holding a screening of the film in Toronto for commercial purposes for film executives and others.
"The screening was allegedly attended by film industry executives for the particular purpose of obtaining a distribution agreement for the film. This screening was done without Ms. Franklin's permission or knowledge, and was contrary to Mr. Elliott's counsel's specific representations."
Franklin continues to seek a permanent injunction against the film, citing copyright infringement, right of publicity, and anti-bootlegging in the lawsuit.
The documentary was due to be screened at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, but a lawsuit filed by Franklin halted both those premieres. An upcoming screening at the Chicago Film Festival has also been cancelled.