Associated Press “'The Elephant Man' playwright Bernard Pomerance dies at 76” http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-bernard-pomerance-20170829-story.html
Matt Schudel “Bernard Pomerance, Tony-winning playwright of ‘The Elephant Man,’ dies at 76” https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/bernard-pomerance-tony-winning-playwright-of-the-elephant-man-dies-at-76/2017/08/31/d8af4aca-8e5e-11e7-91d5-ab4e4bb76a3a_story.html
In 1980, a film called “The Elephant Man,” directed by David Lynch and starring John Hurt as Merrick, was produced. The film was not based on Mr. Pomerance’s play, but he and his producers filed suit against the film’s production company, claiming that the duplicate title would confuse audiences and took advantage of the play’s artistic reputation. The lawsuit was settled out of court.