Nun sues Disney, claims Sister Act stole her life story

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If you're a cloistered woman of God, chances are you don't get out much to see the latest wacky, fish-out-of-water, blockbuster comedies. So it makes sense that, in a move that's about nineteen years too late, Queen Mother Delois N. Blakely, a Roman Catholic nun/activist, is just now getting around to suing Disney and Sony Pictures for stealing her idea for the movie Sister Act, which has recently been adapted into a musical. Blakely, who claims that the Whoopi Goldberg movie is based on her autobiography The Harlem Street Nun, contends that Disney execs stole her pitch for a film about a "young, Black, singing nun serving the street people and youths of Harlem." Blakely's suit does not mention whether or not she had to enter witness protection to escape her cuddly yet violent gangster boyfriend, nor does it mention whether or not she, at any point, sang a duet with Jennifer Love Hewitt, as Goldberg did in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

In her suit, Blakely alleges that she pitched the idea for Sister Act to Tri-star Pictures, who expressed interest in her proposal. Exec Scott Rudin then took the idea from Tri-star to Disney, who produced the film in 1992. So if Delois N. Blakely really hadn't heard of Sister Act prior to 2011, you kind of have to envy a woman whose awareness of American cinema ended with the release of Honey, I Blew Up the Kid that same year. Because that was, like, a really good movie.