True Life Events Make into Movies

Kim Welch

Senior Member
Staff member
I am still a little fuzzy on what kind of legal issues there might be when using real life to base fictional stories on. Can someone sue you for making a movie that has a character that closely resembles them and in fact is based on them? We hear things like the names have been changed to protect the innocent but then there is the statement that this is not based on any real life and any similarities are accidental. The questions is can I right about jobs I had when I was a kid and the people that I worked with and girlfriends, family and others and not worry about law suites? I can change the names of the places and people to hide it to some extent but people who know me and things about my life will be able to pinpoint who it is that I wrote about? I have many good stories that I would like to tell but some of these people will not like it if they see that it's about them. Including family. My family is dysfunctional which makes for a lot of moving stories but I could see one of them suing me. Isn't there artistic protection of some kind? Anyone have thoughts or suggestions?
 

Kim Welch

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Staff member
I was just talking to Yuri Neyman ASC, and he was saying "... Write the good story without any self/limiting thoughts , alarms and apprehensions ... and then get a publisher to read it. The thing is that I am going to want to direct the movie I am writing the script for.
 

Jared Isham

Moderator
That's a good question...haven't really thought about that. I guess that is where E&O (Errors & Omissions) insurance comes in. Most distributors won't sell a movie unless you have it (in fact they shouldn't sell it unless you have it or they provide it), I guess that is also why there are so many entertainment attorneys.
 

Kim Welch

Senior Member
Staff member
Most of my stories even wildly fictional other than colonizing other worlds is based on real life.
 
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