Sergeant sues Hurt Locker makers
Published 03/03/2010 | 17:00
The makers of The Hurt Locker are being sued by a bomb disposal expert who claims the film's lead character is based on him and they cheated him out of "financial participation in the film".
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger says he plans to file the multimillion-dollar lawsuit in Detroit federal court on behalf of Master Sgt Jeffry Sarver, who served in the Iraq war.
Sarver claims the film's screenwriter, Mark Boal, was embedded in Sarver's unit and that the information he gathered was used in the film.
Sarver says the main character, Will James, is based on him and that James' call signal 'Blaster One' was his during his tours of duty, Fieger said. Sarver also says he coined the phrase 'The Hurt Locker.'
Fieger said Boal's embedded reporting led to an article in Playboy magazine about Sarver, and that story later was adapted by Boal for The Hurt Locker screenplay.
The movie's US distributor, Summit Entertainment, issued a statement saying it hopes "for a quick resolution to the claims made by Master Sgt. Sarver."
"The film is a story about heroes depicting a fictional account of what brave men and women do on the battlefield," the company said. "We have no doubt that Master Sgt. Sarver served his country with honour and commitment risking his life for a greater good, but we distributed the film based on a fictional screenplay written by Mark Boal."
The film is up for nine Academy Awards at this weekend's Oscars and is the favourite to win the best picture prize.