Will a lawsuit prevent To Kill a Mockingbird from making its Broadway Debut?


The estate of Harper Lee is suing the producers of the Broadway adaptation of Lee’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird. The lawsuit states that the adaptation differs too much from Lee’s novel. The estate argues that the play’s author, Aaron Sorkin, has altered the character of Atticus Finch.

Play producer Scott Rudin is fighting back. He states that his team has final say over the script. In an interview with The New York Times, Rudin defends his vision for the famous novel: “I can’t and won’t present a play that feels like it was written in the year the book was written in terms of its racial politics: it wouldn’t be of interest”.

The play is set to open in December of 2018 and it is unclear if the lawsuit will affect the play’s opening.