“Forgotten Hollywood”- Best Laid Plans Of Mice and Men…

Posted on August 30, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`Cinematic remakes of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden  have fallen apart because John Steinbeck’s son and daughter-in-law impeded the projects,  according to the writer’s stepdaughter in federal court.  Waverly Scott Kaffaga alleges that a decades-long court battle over the author’s estate has prevented her from monetizing all of Steinbeck’s copyrights, when marquee filmmakers, such as Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence, had interest with bringing some his masterpieces to the screen.

“`This current lawsuit follows the  long-running dispute between  Thomas Steinbeck and Kaffaga’s mother over control of the literary works.  Tom has lost a number of rounds in court, including a noted legal rhubarb that he and the daughter of his late brother, John Steinbeck IV, brought that spurs the current countersuit in question.


“`A judge already ruled the couple breached a contract with Kaffaga. Jurors must decide if Thomas and Gail Steinbeck interfered with deals and should pay up.  Gail’s lawyer said she never intentionally interfered in deals she and her husband would have benefited from and would have served their interest promoting the Nobel Prize winner’s legacy. An attorney for Kaffaga said Gail caught wind of projects and then threatened filmmakers that she and her husband had legal rights to the work.

“` Plus, the latest lawsuit alleges that Thomas Steinbeck secretly signed a  $650,000 deal with DreamWorks to be an executive producer on a screen remake of  The Grapes of Wrath, the Oscar-winning motion picture that starred Henry Fonda. Producers and directors later dropped the remake because they feared litigation.  Additionally, several emails suggesting a remake of East of Eden starring Jennifer Lawrence would be heavily litigated.

“`Gail Steinbeck has estimated conservatively that her husband received $120,000 a year in publishing royalties from the author’s work — and as much as $200,000 in some years.

“`A court decision is pending.


“`Larry Sherman was an actor, and had a career with numerous credits in films, ranging from North by NorthwestMidnight Cowboy,  When Harry Met Sally, Catch Me If You Can, Manhattan, and The Comedian with Robert De Niro. He appeared on Law & Order and on The Sopranos.

“`Larry Sherman was 94

Until next time>                                “never forget”

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