>The Israeli heirs of the author who inspired the 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun” movie filed a lawsuit Monday against Paramount Pictures, claiming it produced and released its recent sequel even though it no longer holds the copyright to the story.
>The original “Top Gun” was based on a 1983 article in Californian magazine by Ehud Yonay, who died in 2021. The magazine piece described the high-adrenaline world of jet pilots at the US Navy’s “Top Gun” fighter training school. Yonay also later wrote a book, “NO MARGIN FOR ERROR: The Making of the Israeli Air Force.”
>His widow and son, Shosh and Ehud Yonay, who live in Israel, argued in their lawsuit that the studio no longer holds the copyright to the magazine story but is nonetheless benefitting from the sequel film “Top Gun: Maverick.”