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Disney Sued Over ‘Crimson Tide’

August 20, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A lawsuit claims the Walt Disney Co. and others stole a writer’s idea for the hit movie ``Crimson Tide.″

The Superior Court suit filed Monday claims breach of implied contract, fraud and three other causes of action.

Disney had no immediate comment, a spokesman said.

The suit, which seeks at least $1 million in damages, claims that the 1995 submarine thriller, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, was based on ``Launch Sequence,″ a screenplay by San Francisco writer Bill Waid.

Besides Disney, the suit names its Hollywood Pictures, Buena Vista units and others.

Waid claims that his 1989 screenplay about a nuclear missile crisis was submitted to about 120 executives and production companies.

Other defendants include the estate of Don Simpson, who produced the movie with partner Jerry Bruckheimer. Simpson was found dead of a drug overdose in his home in January.

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