King of Soho film on porn baron Paul Raymond to change its name after legal row

15:50 07 July 2012

Steve Coogan is starring in a film about Soho porn baron and property tycoon Paul Raymond

Steve Coogan is starring in a film about Soho porn baron and property tycoon Paul Raymond

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A film about London porn baron Paul Raymond, set to be played by Steve Coogan, is having its title changed after a legal row.

The Channel 4-backed film was to be called The King Of Soho, but faced a challenge from the late tycoon’s son who had already registered the name for a rival production.

The Coogan movie - directed by acclaimed film-maker Michael Winterbottom – will now be given a new name.

Raymond’s son Howard called in lawyers claiming he had the rights to the name - also the title of a biography he wrote about his father.

A film based on his book is to star Tom Hiddleston, who featured in War Horse and Avengers Assemble.

Howard Raymond said: “I am delighted that Michael Winterbottom has agreed to change the name of his film as it was causing a huge amount of confusion in the media that two films were being made about my father under the same title.

“It is unfortunate that it proved necessary to have to resort to legal proceedings to bring this issue to a conclusion but I am pleased that they have had a change of heart and backed down.

“I have never wanted or sought to prevent this rival production from making a film about my late father’s life.”

Businessman Raymond died in 2008 after amassing a fortune through his properties around the Soho area and his string of adult publications.

He famously owned the Raymond Revuebar strip club which featured in the Beatles movie Magical Mystery Tour.

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