‘Twilight’ Parody Producers Sue Summit Entertainment for $500 Million

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We’ve all seen our share of Twilight parodies. From the Bad Lip Reading of New Moon to the full-length Vampires Suck film, they’re nothing new. But in the eyes of parent company Summit, one spoof took it too far, so they shut it down. Now, said spoof-ers are fighting back.

Behind the Lines Productions is suing Summit, as well as overseer Lionsgate Entertainment, for wrongfully terminating its feature-length movie, Twiharder. In a lawsuit — that’s 219 pages long by the way — Behind the Lines accuses Lionsgate-Summit of making “anti-competitive conduct.” Twiharder “portrayed hyper-exaggerated caricatures from The Twilight Saga movies and lampooned expressive elements embodied in Defendants’ pre-existing works through imitative reference.”

To sum up, the larger company sent a “sham” cease-and-desist notice, ruining Behind the Lines’ production as well as their relationships with distributors and insurers who revoked their offers after Summit’s interruption. So they’re asking for $500 million(!) in damages.

What are your thoughts on the case? Whose side are you on — the Twilighter producers’ or the Twilight producers’? Tell us your opinions in the comments below!

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  • Kite

    I didn’t even know you could do that. Suing parodies and actually be taken seriously that is.

  • Heather

    I’m on the Twilight Producers side… it’s the same as with Harry Potter (they don’t allow it either)

  • Tod Johnson

    This is amazing! We as Americans have the right to parody. Imagine where we would be as a nation if we couldn’t talk about what the government is doing in an open public medium. Anything in the public eye is up for scrunity and as US citizens our 1st Ammendment right protects these freedoms of speech. Imagine if there was no Saturday Night Live or Stand up Comedy shows. Yes Summit does own Twilight but they don’t have the right to tell the public what they can and cannot say about it. Where would we be at if the Government did these same things. Be Americans and protect your freedoms. Everyday we get closer to big corporations taking our freedoms one by one unless we stop them!

  • Kat

    That’s so stupid. Summit owns the Twilight movies- they shouldn’t have to pay. That’s so dumb

  • Kieran

    I think its #stupid

  • Ella

    I think thats a little extreme

  • shelby

    omg i think its awesome

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  • Sammy

    This is crazy! The Twilight producers shouldn’t have to pay any money! They own the Twilight movies and they shouldn’t pay for something that’s rightfully their’s.