The woman who impressed “Mean Girls” is pissed Tina Fey and Paramount have cashed in on her work whereas she’s been left with zilch … and now, she says she’s doing one thing about it.
Author Rosalind Wiseman instructed the NY Post this weekend that she and her attorneys are circling authorized motion to look at the film studio’s accounting books so as to determine if there’s cash they’ve constructed from ‘Mean Girls’ through the years that could possibly be despatched her method.
The cause … Wiseman says she appears like she’s been screwed out of numerous potential money for the reason that hit 2004 movie was launched — particularly in mild of the Broadway musical that is been made about it … which has carried out pretty nicely for years now in numerous markets.
According to RW, the deal she signed with Paramount and TF on the time — which made her a one-time $400k, and which she acknowledges relinquished any rights to the work and/or derivatives — assured web revenue factors, that means she may make extra based mostly on how nicely the flick did. However, she claims Paramount has, again and again, instructed her there’s nothing left of the pie for her … and that they have not really collected a lot from it long-term.
Wiseman thinks that is BS — and her legal professional, Ryan Keech, says, “I believe most individuals could be shocked at how shabbily Rosalind Wiseman has been handled. And correctly so.”
He provides, “It is nothing short of shameful for a company with the resources of Paramount to go to the lengths to which it has gone to deny Ms. Wiseman what she is fairly entitled to for having created what has become one of the most iconic entertainment franchises of the last 25 years.” Rosalind and co. say they wish to audit Paramount, and are contemplating additional subsequent steps … though they do not specify precisely how they will get Paramount to conform.
As many individuals know … ‘Mean Girls’ relies on Wiseman’s 2002 parenting guide, ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes,’ which Tina learn and thought may make for a great script.
Of course, she was completely proper … the film turned a cult traditional, and serves as a staple of the 2000s. Thing is … Wiseman sounds salty about how Tina Fey has repurposed the fabric all through the years, alleging TF’s even roped her into appearances and workshops (concerning smaller ‘Mean Girls’ performs) with out paying her an additional cent.
She says, “I’m clearly recognized and acknowledged by Tina as the source material, the inspiration. I’m recognized and yet I deserve nothing?”
Wiseman provides, “Tina’s spoken so eloquently about ladies supporting different ladies, but it surely’s gotten more and more clear to me that, in my very own private expertise, that’s not going to be the expertise. You don’t simply discuss supporting ladies, you really do it.”