Nationally the Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie made 95 million dollars and nearly 150 million world wide. Now a Katy man said he deserves a piece of that box office profit. He claims Disney stole his idea for the movie.
Zenon Yracheta was hoping to get his story on the big screen.
"Everybody was telling me to write a kids book but instead I wrote a script," said Yracheta. "I hired a ghostwriter we got the script and protected it."
Yracheta wrote The Three Chihuahuas. A story about three circus chihuahuas, they escape their evil ringmaster and head to Hollywood. Yracheta sent his script to several Hollywood producers and even Disney.
"I actually talked to two executives at Disney and sent them emails," said Yracheta. "We communicated so they had access to the script."
Yracheta said Disney decided not to work with him. But two years later, in 2008, he saw the trailer to the Beverly Hills Chichuahua. Yracheta decided to give the movie a chance, so he watched it but not with out taking notes.
"When I left the theater I was about to strat crying I was really upset," said Yracheta.
Yracheta said a lot of the scenes, characters and scenarios matched his script. He counted 100 similarities. That's when he decided to sue Disney. Hollywood lawyers dropped his case but a local Houston lawyer filed a suit in November of last year.
"I'm definitely the under dog here but the under dog still has to show up for the game," said Yracheta.
Yracheta said he is well aware of what he's up against but he said it is not about the money. He just wants to prove that Disney used his material.
Yracheta's lawyer said Disney has filed a motion to dismiss the case but he has also filed a respone to that motion. Calls to the Disney coporate communication's office have not been retured.