Harper Lee lawyer seeks to block suit over ‘Mockingbird’ production

Harper Lee

A lawyer for the estate of Harper Lee is trying to halt a lawsuit filed by a producer who plans to stage a Broadway production of the writer’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Court records show Lee attorney Tonja Carter on Tuesday asked a federal court in Alabama to block a federal lawsuit filed last week in New York by producer Scott Rudin’s company, Rudinplay.

Carter filed a lawsuit last month that contends writer Aaron Sorkin’s script for a stage adaptation of “Mockingbird” set to open in December alters characters in Lee’s book, counter to a contract with the estate.

Rudinplay is seeking $10 million from Lee’s estate and threatening to cancel the play.

Carter contends the company’s lawsuit concerns the same issues covered by her suit and should be blocked.

Republished with permission from the Associated Press.