Ms. Estevez, who had worked on the 1980s show Cagney & Lacey, is suing the actors, as well as Ms. Baldwin’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, Inc., which owns the rights to the character, her co-workers and manufacturers of the new movie’s suit, which is based on various drafts of the screenplay. She alleges they copied scenes, dialog, dialogue and even sub-plots from hers and her co-workers’ work. Ms. Baldwin also used Ms. Estevez’s nickname for the character and created a character named after her, “Jacqueline,” who appears in several scenes, including a fight with her mother. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
At one point in Ms. Estevez’s rewrite, she acknowledges in the suit that she is tweaking the script by having one character suddenly turn into another character.
“The production did not present Ms. Estevez with this scene,” the suit states. “She was informed at the time that ‘James’ would be morphing into another character, ‘Jackie.’ ”