ABC’s breakout FBI drama Quantico may be under investigation itself. According to Deadline, a team of documentary filmmakers has accused series producer Mark Gordon of lifting the show’s premise from their 1999 film.
The 35-page complaint says that Gordon and his company, Mark Gordon Company, had made plans with filmmakers Jamie Hellman and Barbara Leibovitz Hellman and business exec Paula Paizes in the early 2000s to develop the documentary Quantico: The Making of an FBI Agent. The film trailed a group of FBI trainees just as the series does. However, after some initial discussion of developing the Hellman’s film into a movie or TV series, Gordon never followed up with the filmmakers.
The lawsuit alleges “breach of contract, fiduciary duty and more” and “the filing seeks a jury trial, actual and punitive damages and a ‘based on’ credit for Hellman and Leibovitz and their documentary.”
What do you think? Do you watch Quantico? Do you think there’s a case here?