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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Adaptation for Broadway OK'd

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Adaptation for Broadway OK'd

A first edition of Lee Harper's book 'To Kill a Mockingbird' with a dust-jacket designed by George Butler is seen on display at Sotheby's action house in London on Dec. 7, 2017. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 11 May 2018 09:18 AM

A "To Kill a Mockingbird" theatrical adaption for Broadway has been OK'd following the settlement of an ongoing legal battle between Scott Rudin's production company and the Harper Lee Estate, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

The production was put on halt when Harper Lee Estate representative Tonja Carter filed a lawsuit against the Rudinplay production company in March, stating that the stage adaption's depiction of the celebrated 1960 novel was too far removed from Lee's intention.

The iconic novel tells the story of a lawyer who risks everything to defend a black man who stands unjustly accused of a serious crime, which is depicted through the eyes of the lawyer's young daughter.

Lee signed off on the production in 2015, less than a year before his death, but Carter argued that the estate had the right to first review the script before it was taken to the stage, CNN noted.

Carter added that the theatrical production altered the original characters and setting while diverging from the book's depiction of the legal proceedings.

In response to the filing, Rudin countersued the estate for at least $10 million, citing a breach of contract and offering to stage the production in a courthouse in order for it to be judged fairly.

However, on Thursday the two parties released a joint statement announcing that the lawsuit had been dismissed, although details of the settlement have not been divulged.

"Rudinplay and the Estate of Nelle Harper Lee amicably settled ongoing litigation concerning the upcoming Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird," the statement read, per The Hollywood Reported.

The play is written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and stars Jeff Daniels. It will open Dec. 13 at Shubert Theater.

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