"Mission: Impossible" lawsuit dropped

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The fourth film in the Mission: Impossible film series, "Ghost Protocol" stars Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner & Simon Pegg. When a terrorist bombing destroys the Kremlin, the U.S. government initiates a black ops "ghost protocol" and disavows the entire Impossible Mission Force. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team are to be blamed for the attack, but are allowed to escape as part of a plan to enable them to operate in the dark, outside of their agency. However, Hunt is warned that if any member of his team is captured during their mission, they will be charged as terrorists planning to incite global nuclear war. Ethan is then forced to work with ex-IMF agent Brandt (Renner), who knows more about Hunt and his past than even Hunt himself.
July 7th, 2014

A lawsuit against Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures has been dropped.

The actor and the studio were the subject of legal action from writer Timothy Patrick McLanahan, who claimed he came up with the 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' screenplay idea back in 1998 but the judge presiding over the dispute has dropped the case.

According to documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, the court had issued an order to show cause as to why the case shouldn't be dropped for lack of prosecution, but McLanahan failed to do so in a timely fashion.

The documents read: ''IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the above-entitled case is dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of prosecution and for failure to comply with the orders of the Court.''

The writer - who was seeking $1 billion in damages - had alleged his script for a project called 'Head On' was rejected by William Morris Agency, but they ''shopped the script around the world ... including [to] Tom Cruise's Rick Nicita, top agent with Creative Artist Agency.''

When the fourth installment in the iconic 'Mission: Impossible' action franchise about spy Ethan Hunt was released in 2011, McLanahan says the plot similarities were immediately obvious.

He wrote: ''I immediately recognized that the scripts for this movie had been illegally written and produced from 'Head On's 1998 copyright.''

The $1 billion sought in damages was to cover the sum of 'Ghost Protocol's box office sales ($694,710,000), DVD sales ($144.5 million), movie rentals, subscription sales and budget ($145 million).