>> The estate of To Kill a Mockingbird author, Harper Lee, is suing the producer of an upcoming Broadway adaptation claiming that the play deviates too much from the beloved novel about race relations in the American South during the depression. The play was adapted for Broadway by producer Scott Rudin and scriptwriter, Aaron Sorkin, both Oscar winners.
It's due to open in November. But representatives of Lee's estate say Sorkin script alters several characters including the hero Atticus Finch. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday and asked the judge to give the estate the final say on whether the script departs from the spirit of the 1960 book.
Sorkin is the creator of television series, The West Wing and won an Oscar for The Social Network. He added two new characters to the script and told trade magazine Play Bill, the book as it's written doesn't work at all as a play. Rudin is one of Broadway and Hollywood's top producers having won both an Oscar and 13 Tony Awards.
To Kill a Mockingbird met with high praise upon it's release, winning the Pulitzer Prize. Lee's only other novel, Go Set a Watchman, was published in 2015 but written before Mockingbird. In that book, Atticus Finch is depicted as a bigot and a racist who oppose desegregation efforts in the US.