by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2018 7:05 am PDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Aaron Sorkin arrives at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The estate of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee has filed suit over an upcoming Broadway adaptation of the novel set to open in Dec. 2018. The federal lawsuit filed this week in Alabama argues that screenwriter Sorkin’s script wrongly alters Atticus Finch and other characters from the book. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Broadway production of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is still set to open this year despite a lawsuit filed by the estate of the author, an attorney for the producer said.Jonathan Zavin, who represents Paul Rudin’s Rudinplay Inc., said Thursday the adaption is scheduled to go on stage in December in New York “to the best of my knowledge.”Lee’s estate filed a federal lawsuit this week in Alabama over the play, arguing that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s script wrongly alters Atticus Finch and other characters from the book.The lawsuit, which includes a copy of a contract signed by Lee and dated about eight months before her death in February 2016, contends Sorkin’s script violates the agreement by portraying Finch, the noble attorney who represents a black man wrongly accused of rape in “Mockingbird,” as someone else in the play.Filed against the theatre company of New York producer Scott Rudin, the complaint cites an interview with the online publication Vulture in which Sorkin was quoted as saying the small-town lawyer would evolve from a racist apologist at the start of the show to become “Atticus Finch by the end of the play.”Such a change during a play could fit with the character evolution shown between the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Mockingbird” and Lee’s first draft of the novel, finally released in 2015 as “Go Set a Watchman.”But the lawsuit contends the script would violate the contract by changing Finch and other characters and adding still more people who aren’t in the novel. It asks a judge to enforce a section of the agreement that states the play won’t “depart in any manner from the spirit of the Novel nor alter its characters.”Zavin, in a statement, said Sorkin’s script “is a faithful adaptation of a singular novel which has been crafted well within the constraints of the signed agreement” between the producers and Lee.The statement also took a jab at the “history of litigious behaviour” of Lee’s estate, overseen by attorney Tonja Carter, who is the plaintiff in the lawsuit. Carter handled Lee’s will and is listed in the lawsuit as the personal representative of Lee’s estate.“This is, unfortunately, simply another such lawsuit, the latest of many, and we believe that it is without merit,” said the statement. “While we hope this gets resolved, if it does not, the suit will be vigorously defended.”The play is scheduled to open in New York in December.Rudinplay paid Lee $100,000 after she approved Sorkin as the screenwriter in November 2015, the suit said. Carter first saw a draft of the play in September, according to the lawsuit, and she later spoke with Rudin by phone to express numerous concerns about Sorkin’s script.“Mr. Rudin assured Ms. Carter that he wanted to do the Play right and that he would make sure that the Estate would be satisfied with the final product,” the suit said.The two talked again in February about the script, suit said, adding: “At times, the conversation was heated.” Carter sued after Rudin’s attorney wrote earlier this month saying extensive changes to the script weren’t possible, the suit said.Sorkin has won multiple Emmys for his work on the drama series “The West Wing,” and he won an Academy Award for his screenplay of “The Social Network” in 2011.Rudin’s credits include “Lady Bird,” which was nominated for an Academy Award as best motion picture this year, and “Fences,” which was a 2017 nominee. He won a best picture Oscar for “No Country for Old Men” in 2008. Producer: Show goes on for Broadway version of ‘Mockingbird’
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Ehtisham Bilal, 19, a student of the Greater Noida-based Sharda University who went missing on October 28 and later purportedly joined the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), returned home on Sunday.A top police official told The Hindu that Bilal’s return was “possible due to the concerted efforts of the family and the police and he may not face any case once he joins the mainstream.”“Yes, he (Ehtisham) returned home. However, the police detained him immediately and shifted him to the local police station. Hope he will be released soon,” said Ehtisham’s father Bilal Ahmad Sofi, a resident of Srinagar’s Khanyar area.The police said he has been “detained for a medical check-up since he was not keeping well”.Mr. Sofi had earlier claimed his son went missing from a Delhi Metro station on October 28 and since then failed to contact them. However, the student lied to his parents to return to Kashmir to join the IS, said the police. He was in touch with a youth from Shopian, with inclination towards militancy.“Ehtisham had booked tickets in Delhi on October 26. He took a flight of Go-Air flight, G8-223, from Delhi to Srinagar on October 28. His movement was traced in south Kashmir’s Awantipora-Pulwama axis, also the hub of ISJK headed by Zakir Musa,” police sources said.