A while back social media was a buzz with congratulatory messages for Priyanka Chopra on her new show Quantico. While the show has been doing well, it seems to have run into some legal trouble. In fact the producer of the show Mark Gordon has been sued by filmmakers, Jamie Hellman and Barbara Leibovitz, claiming that he stole the idea for the drama from their documentary film.
Apparently, both Jamie Hellman and Barbara Leibovitz were responsible for a 1999 documentary Quantico: The Making of an FBI Agent, which followed a class of recruits throughout their 16-week training program. Later the said documentary was presented to Gordon in 2001 by business executive Paula Paizes, following which Leibovitz and Hellman signed a deal with the Mark Gordon Company and provided all their notes, transcripts and other information pertaining to the documentary, with the surety that Gordon and his company would get back in touch with them for the same. However, there was no response from them.
In the suit that has been filed Hellman and Leibovitz claim that the project was originally conceived as a movie that would include a conspiracy inside the FBI Academy and questions over who one could trust, much like the current on air show. Based on this Hellman, Leibovitz and Paizes are suing for breach of contract, fiduciary duty, a “based on” credit for Hellman and Leibovitz’s documentary and actual and punitive damages.