Bob Sullivan (screenwriter)

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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.[citation needed] He currently writes a weekly column for the website When Falls the Coliseum.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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." [1]


  1. "An interview with Clonus screenwriter Bob Sullivan". The Agony Booth. 17 May 2007.

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