You can’t rush justice! I guess? I mean, how else to explain how/why a woman would possibly be suing Hollywood for stealing Sister Act one million years after anyone even thought about Sister Act? No, you can’t rush justice. From the Hollywood Reporter:
Nearly 20 years after the Whoopi Goldberg comedy Sister Act hit theaters, Walt Disney Co. and Sony Pictures are being sued by a woman who claims her autobiography was the inspiration for the film and the subsequent stage musical. The plaintiff is Delois Blakely, representing herself with allegations of breach of contract, misappropriation of likeness, unjust enrichment and other claims.
According to the complaint, Blakely was a “young, Black, singing nun serving the street people and youths of Harlem,” who published the autobiography, The Harlem Street Nun in 1987. That year, she reached out to others in the industry with a three-page synopsis, including Tri Star Pictures producer Cynthia Bowles. The film executive is said to have mailed a letter back expressing interest in movie rights.
Later, according to the claims, producer Scott Rudin took a Sister Act project from Tri-Star to Disney and went on to executive produce a film that made more than $230 million at the box office, as well as producing a sequel and a Broadway musical. The studios declined to comment.
That actually sounds like a pretty solid case.
Not only was she the nun from Sister Act in real life, but she also wrote a book about it, and shopped that book around Hollywood? Case closed. Rest it. (I want to start a game show called Rest Your Case both because I want all of the money and success creating a long-running game show would entail, but even more importantly because I want to hear a life studio audience shout, “REST! YOUR! CAAAAAASE!”) Which brings us back to the 20 years thing. What’s up? Hey, Delois Blakely, what’s up? With all due R-E-S-P-E-C-T (get it?), were you too busy nunning it up all over Nun Town for the past 20 years, or whut? I’m not sure what the statute of limitations is on Annoying Hollywood Crimes, but I’m pretty sure it has passed. Sorry. The good news is that I heard it through the grapevine (get it?) and there’s no statute of limitations on building a time machine and traveling back to World War II and KILLING HITLER even just 10 years after Sister Act came out when this still might have made sense. Good luck and GOD BLESS!