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Amin, Sony in Zorro duel

Sobini owns rights to original novel, plans feature pic

Mark Amin’s production shingle has filed suit against Sony Pictures Entertainment, alleging Sony is trying to block a futuristic Zorro movie by wrongly claiming exclusive rights to the Zorro character.

Amin’s shingle, Sobini Films, owns the rights to “The Curse of Capistrano,” a 1919 serial novel that first introduced the caped and masked Zorro character, according to the federal lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony’s TriStar Pictures unit, which made 1998 movie “The Mask of Zorro” and have sequel “The Legend of Zorro” set for release later this year, acquired the rights to later Zorro stories but never to the original book, according to the complaint.

Amin is vice chairman of Lions Gate Entertainment and was formerly chairman of Trimark Pictures. Sobini is ready to start production on “Zorro 2110” but can’t get the necessary insurance because Sony issued a cease-and-desist letter, according to the lawsuit.

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