‘Top Gun: Maverick’ slapped with lawsuit by family of pilot who inspired original film

The widow and son of the man who wrote the 1983 article that inspired the original “Top Gun” 

suing Paramount Pictures over its sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.” 

In a complaint filed in California federal court Monday, Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay claim 

that the rights to Ehud Yonay’s story reverted back to them on Jan. 24, 2020

The lawsuit contends that Paramount, which produced and distributed the sequel, 

did not reacquire those rights before releasing the film in May. 

Paramount Pictures said in a statement that the claims “are without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”