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'Exorcist' Author to Warner Bros: You Crossed Me

9/7/2010 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The guy who authored "The Exorcist" claims ... when it comes to accounting for profits, Warner Bros. has a devil-may-care attitude ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

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William Peter Blatty -- who wrote the book and wrote the screenplay for which he took home an Oscar -- claims the movie company won't let him inspect the books -- to figure out exactly how much the movie grossed.  Blatty thinks he may have been screwed out of some of the profits.

In the lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court by Blatty's lawyer, Eric George, Blatty claims "The Exorcist" has grossed more than $400 million at the box office worldwide.  And, he alleges, adjusting for inflation, it's the top grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Blatty is asking the judge to force Warner Bros. to open its books.  And, he wants unspecified damages.

No word back from Warner Bros.

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awards    

Second oldest trick in the book; all the profits are buried in distribution. No film makes a profit!

1507 days ago
2.

wasted days and wasted nights    

Devil's in the details.

1507 days ago
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jus-sayin    

Greatest movie ever! Open your books Warner Brothers!

1507 days ago
4.

fujow    

The movie studios claim downloaders are thieves

1507 days ago
5.

LaToya Jackson    

If they won't let you see the books then they are ripping you off

1507 days ago
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Ehécatl    

If I were Warner Brothers, I would ignore Blatty's demands. After all what's the worst he can do to them? It's fun to have your head spin around your body and watch your walls drip blood.

1507 days ago
7.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

it was okay,had a few boring parts in it...

1507 days ago
8.

Knockers De Clown    

I bet day are rippe'n de writer off

1507 days ago
9.

Jorial    

The judge of this court compels you: pay William his money!

1507 days ago
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rebubbler    

It's all part of a basic contract. If an author feels he is being undercut he has every right to audit the books at his own expense. WB has no leg to stand on.

1507 days ago
11.

Lia    

Give the man the money you owe him Warner Bros!! That movie is the best movie EVER made and he deserves all his money!! That movie still gives me the creeps and I am forever traumatized by it!! But I still Luv it!!

1507 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

WB stands for "We're Bullsh*t".

1507 days ago
13.

Brian    

classic hollywood accounting, screw over the little guy, and claim that the movie is still in the red even though the studio has still made plenty of money.

1507 days ago
14.

Dorinha    

Blatty should have spoken up years ago, if this is the case (and it probably is). The greatest horror movie of all time has been repackaged and redistributed so often, that you'd swear George Lucas was running Warner. The blu-ray releases in October, and so everyone's pockets will be well-lined.

1507 days ago
15.

R    

The Power of Christ compels you!

1507 days ago
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