An ongoing justice case will this week try to settle a sour argue over two adaptations – of East of Eden and the Grapes of Wrath – that have been pitched in Hollywood but never made.
Household names like Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence were believed to be meddlesome in the projects.
Waverly Scott Kaffaga, the daughter of the Nobel Prize Winner’s third wife Elaine Kaffaga, claims that John Steinbeck’s son and daughter-in-law put obstacles in the way of the projects, robbing her of copyright income.
Jurors must confirm either Thomas Steinbeck and his wife Gail interfered with deals by melancholy film makers over their authorised rights to the work and even secretly signing a $650,000 understanding to be an executive writer on a Grapes Of Wrath production.
Emails, created by Gail Steinbeck and shown in court, suggested a reconstitute of East of Eden would be “litigation city” and indicating lawsuits would continue “until we draw my last breath”.
Kaffaga’s counsel pronounced in justice that the risk of division stirred producers and directors to dump the remakes.
Gail Steinbeck’s counsel denied his client interfered in the remunerative deals, and argued that since many optioned cinema are never done the estimates Kaffaga suggested were speculative.
John Steinbeck’s novels, which embody Of Mice and Men, many famously tackle stories of farming workers forced to quit opposite America by the mercantile damage of the 1930s.
He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Although Ms Kaffaga’s lawyers did not discuss a sum in court, Gail Steinbeck pronounced they formerly asked the judge for $6.5m (£5m) and punitive damages.
The Grapes of Wrath, starring Henry Fonda, was done in 1940, while East of Eden was expelled in 1955 and starred James Dean in his first major film role.