By Lisa Stanley

Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise is a huge hit, and the fourth installment of the franchise Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol grossed more than $600,000 upon its release in 2011 making in Cruise’s highest grossing film of all time.

But now the movie is under fire by a screenwriter who is suing Cruise for $1 billion claiming that he came up with the script to Ghost Protocol in 1998.

According to Radar Online, screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan says he wrote a screenplay called “Head On” and even submitted it to the copyright office  to protect it. He then says the script was sent to power agents at William Morris only to have it passed up. Then without his permission, the writer says they sent his script to CAA, Cruise’s agency, and next thing you know, Ghost Protocol was released.

“I immediately recognized that the scripts for this movie had been illegally written and produced from Head On‘s 1998 copyright,” McLanahan claimed in the lawsuit.

McLanahan filed the lawsuit back in December against Cruise, Paramount Pictures and various production companies, reports Radar. The sum of $1 billion is is a total of Ghost Protocol‘s “theater ticket sales ($694,710,000), DVD and Blu-ray sales ($144.5 million), movie rentals and subscription sales and budget ($145 million).”

Hear more on the story in the full Entertainment Report below.


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