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Reese Witherspoon sued by writer who claims Gone Girl was STOLEN from a screenplay she wrote nine years before the Oscar winner produced the hit movie based on the 2012 book

  • Leslie Weller claims she wrote a screenplay in 2005 called 'Out of the Blue' and sent it to a script consultant
  • She claims that claims that the book and movie Gone Girl were ripped from her screenplay 
  • Weller is suing Witherspoon, who produced the movie, along with the director David Fincher and book author Gillian Flynn
  • She claims there are several similarities with her screenplay and the movie

Reese Witherspoon received a lot of praise for producing Gone Girl, but now the actress is being sued over the box office hit.

Leslie Weller is suing Witherspoon along with the 2014 movie's director David Fincher and the author of the book Gillian Flynn, TMZ reported.

Back in 2005, Weller claims that she wrote a screenplay called 'Out of the Blue' and sent a copy to a script consultant. 

Reese Witherspoon (above) received a lot of praise for producing Gone Girl, but now the actress is being sued over the box office hit.
Reese Witherspoon (left) received a lot of praise for producing Gone Girl, but now the actress is being sued over the box office hit

Reese Witherspoon (left) received a lot of praise for producing Gone Girl, but now the actress is being sued over the box office hit

David Fincher is pictured above
Gillian Flynn is pictured above with with Witherspoon

Leslie Weller is suing Witherspoon along with the movie's director David Fincher (left) and the author of the book Gillian Flynn (right with Witherspoon)

Weller alleges that allowed for someone to steal her work, and claims that Gone Girl was ripped from her screenplay.

The woman claims that there are several similarities with her screenplay and the movie, including how they both are based on a married couple's relationship where the husband and wife are drifting apart. 

She claims that both contain a central twist where the wife is not her regular, nice and normal self, but is actually a psychopath who sets up her husband. 

In the suit, Weller goes on to say that both the novel and screenplay are built in the same way. 

It's unclear how much Weller is seeking the lawsuit. Witherspoon has not commented publicly about the lawsuit over the movie, which stars Ben Affleck (above) or Weller's claims

It's unclear how much Weller is seeking the lawsuit. Witherspoon has not commented publicly about the lawsuit over the movie, which stars Ben Affleck (above) or Weller's claims

She alleges that they both include how everyone sympathizes with the wife, before beginning to hate the husband. But the plot turns and by the end, the husband and wife are both hated.

Weller also says her screenplay and Gone Girl both contain a scene with a hammer that leads people to believe the husband might hurt the wife. 

It's unclear how much Weller is seeking the lawsuit. 

Witherspoon has not commented publicly about the lawsuit or Weller's claims.  

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