Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" Sued By "Rizzoli & Isles" Author

Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen is suing Warner Bros' New Line unit for more than $10 million dollars over a connection between Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar-winning drama Gravity and her 1999 novel of the same name.

Gerritsen, who also authored the books behind TNT's flagship drama Rizzoli & Isles, is suing the studio for breach of contract for releasing the film without a "based upon" credit. 

According to Deadline, the lawsuit claims that Warner Bros. purchased the rights to her novel in 1999, and promised her a production bonus of $500,000 and a fee of 2.5 percent of net proceeds from ticket sales, DVD sales and TV reruns. 

Cuarón and his son, Jonas Cuarón, are credited as screenwriters for the sci-fi flick, which earned more than $716 million at the box office.

Aside from sharing a name, the movie and the book have many striking similarities. Gerritsen's 1999 novel follows a female astronaut who is fighting for her life after becoming stranded in space after a series of technical problems. The book, unlike the movie, also involves a virus on the International Space Station. 

Back in October, Gerritsen told Greencastle, Indiana's Banner-Graphic that she did not believe the Sandra Bullock starred movie was based upon her novel. "Yes, Gravity is a great film, but it is not based on my book," she said. 

However, since then, the author learned that "at least one individual who was key to the development of the film Gravity had also been connected to her project while it was in development, and would have been familiar with her novel." No names are given, and it's unknown if the lawsuit refers to Alfonso Cuarón - who wrote, produced and directed the film.

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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