Universal Studios claims its new big budget movie “Battleship” is in jeopardy — all thanks to a low budget straight-to-DVD knockoff that”s coming out … and now, it”s suing.
Universal filed the lawsuit against The Asylum — a production company that makes low-budget straight-to-DVD “mockbusters” with similar titles to their big budget inspirations … i.e. “Titanic 2,” “The Terminators,” and “Transmorphers.” Just look at its IMDb page.
Now, according to the lawsuit, Asylum”s up to no good once again — releasing a DVD called “American Battleship” on May 22nd … just 4 days after the big budget “Battleship” is set for theatrical release in the U.S.
According to the lawsuit, Universal spent $100 million producing its film … and $30 million promoting it in the U.S. alone — and Asylum”s trying to piggy back on its hard work.
To prove its point, Universal points out the laundry list of ways “American Battleship” is a rip-off — including the plot … and the hilariously similar movie posters (above).
According to the lawsuit, Universal is the exclusive licensee of the film rights to the classic naval combat board game — and Asylum”s stepping all over its business. (Universal also calls its movie “highly anticipated,” but wishing doesn”t make it so.)
Universal is suing for unspecified damages — i.e. many, many millions.