Family dispute over famed drug smuggler's life story headed to court
BATON ROUGE - The eldest daughter of famed CIA informant Barry Seal is suing her stepbrothers, stepsister and her father's third wife over a deal to make a movie about Seal's life as a drug smuggler and murder by the hands of a cartel.
Tom Cruise is set to play Seal, who was killed at a halfway house in 1986 off Airline Highway. He was assassinated after agreeing to testify at a trial against a Colombian drug lord.
Lisa Seal Frigon is taking production company Universal, Debbie Dubois Seal, Aaron Seal, Christina Seal Warmack and Dean Berriman Seal to court. Debbie married Barry Seal after he divorced Frigon's mother and then a second woman in the early 1970's. Aaron, Christina and Dean were the children of the third marriage.
The suit alleges the contract for Seal's life story was $350,000 and Seal's third wife and their children never received approval from Seal's estate for the project. In court documents, Frigon is identified as the administrator of the Seal estate and claims the estate was never included in proceeds of the movie contract.
Frigon maintains the script for the movie inaccurately portrays Barry Seal as a drunk, reckless pilot who is disconnected from much of his family.
The suit seeks to block the movie from moving forward. It was filed Wednesday.
Universal has advertised the movie will be released in 2017.
One of the men who was convicted of Seal's murder, Miguel Velez, died at Angola in August.
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