Bob Sullivan (screenwriter)
Bob Sullivan is an American writer who was a contributor to The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, editor of the literary magazine Helicon, and a film reviewer for the Los Angeles Free Press. He currently writes a weekly column for the website When Falls the Coliseum.
Sullivan is probably best known for his screenplay for the cult classic movie Parts: The Clonus Horror, starring Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn and Dick Sargent. The script was originally written for a class at the University of Southern California Cinema Graduate School, which he attended from 1970 to 1973. Clonus was released in 1979, was lovingly mocked on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and became the subject of a 2005 lawsuit against DreamWorks, LLC and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (05 Civ. Action No. 7043 [SAS]), due to alleged similarities between Clonus and The Island, directed by Michael Bay.
On November 20, 2006, Robert S. Fiveson, the director of Clonus, reached a sealed settlement with the defendants in that case, settling for a seven-figure sum, and this fact was not shared with Sullivan until well into 2007.
According to a 2007 interview with Sullivan, "Fiveson asked me not to be part of the lawsuit, and not to file a suit of my own, because they wanted to keep it simple and focused. They didn't want DreamWorks to think there was going to be an endless parade of plaintiffs. I was under the impression that, if I helped with their suit, my interests would be taken care of as well...
"In the end, all I got was a little over $2,000, representing one percent of the net from Clonus after the original investors and attorneys were paid off from the settlement amount... In 1979, I got $4,000 and screen credit for a film that cost a quarter of a million. In 2005 I get about half that and no credit for a film that cost $122 million. To me that seems blatantly unfair." 
- "An interview with Clonus screenwriter Bob Sullivan". The Agony Booth. 17 May 2007.
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