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Disney Sued Over ‘Crimson Tide’

August 20, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A writer who says he shopped his 1989 screenplay about a nuclear missile crisis all over Hollywood sued the Walt Disney Co. Monday, claiming it stole his idea for the hit movie ``Crimson Tide.″

The $1 million lawsuit claims the 1995 submarine thriller starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman was based on ``Launch Sequence,″ a screenplay by San Francisco writer Bill Waid.

Waid claims he submitted his screenplay to about 120 executives and production companies.

Besides Disney and several subsidiaries, the lawsuit names 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.

Disney had no immediate comment, a spokesman said.

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