James Franco sued over film rights violation

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Washington: James Franco has been sued for violating film rights of Charles Bukowski’s novel ‘Ham on Rye’. According to the lawsuit, Franco’s rights to develop the book expired in 2010, and his “Bukowski” film treads on the novel.

The legal complaint alleges that Franco’s film is infringing upon this famous novel, as it borrows the themes of childhood loneliness; adolescent self-consciousness, the failures, hypocrisy, and cruelty of adults and, in an unflinching depiction, the crude interest teenage boys take in sex.

In January, 2009, Franco and Cyril Humphris entered into an agreement to allow the actor to develop a film based on the novel.