Richard Williams, father of Serena and Venus, being sued after allegedly reselling rights to his life story

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Warner Bros. is making a movie about Richard Williams’ life, but two media companies say that never should have happened. TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi-Media are suing WB, Overbrook Entertainment and Williams, claiming TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi-Media owned the rights to Williams’ story first, according to TMZ.

The issue stems from Williams’ book, “Black and White: The Way I See It.” T3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi-Media say they bought the rights to that book and to Williams’ life story in 2017. Williams — who is the father of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams — then sold the rights to his life story to Warner Bros. so the company could make a movie. TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi-Media say they were cut out of that deal. They claim Warner Bros. knew that would be the case.

As part of the lawsuit, T3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi-Media are asked that all the profits from the movie —titled “King Richard” — be placed into a trust for their benefit. They are also seeking other damages, according to TMZ.

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“King Richard” is slated for release in November, though it’s unclear if coronavirus-related delays will impact that timeline. Will Smith will play Richard Williams in the film. Smith owns Overbrook Entertainment, one of the companies being sued by TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi-Media.

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