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They say there is nothing new under the sun, but there is surely a difference between homage and plagiarism. That is the lesson dispensed this week by a Paris appeals court, which has ruled that Luc Besson, his EuropaCorp production company, and the co-writers/directors of the 2012 film Lockout (Stephen St. Leger and James Mather) plagiarized 1981’s Escape From New York.
This is the second ruling in the case. At the end of 2015, the court found in favour of Carpenter and his team, and awarded them $95,000. Carpenter’s camp had originally asked for $2.4 million. Besson’s team filed an appeal, however, and lost again. The result of this final ruling is that Luc Besson and his filmmaking associates must now pay over $500,000 to John Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and the production company StudioCanal.
- Sarah Myles
Do you remember the 2012 thriller Lockout from producer Luc Besson? While it may have slipped fairly quickly out of the public consciousness, John Carpenter certainly hasn't forgotten about it. And how could he? The movie has now been proven in court to be an almost exact replica of his 1981 cult classic Escape From New York, which introduced Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.
Luc Besson has been ordered to pay John Carpenter half a million dollars after being found guilty of plagiarism, with the court ruling that Lockout directly ripped off the story in Escape From New York. Besson originally denied that his film was a copycat. In the original Escape From New York, New York's Manhattan Island has become a prison that houses the country's worst criminals. Snake is tasked with breaking in to save the president, whose plane has crashed within the borders of this massive walled off compound. »
2012’s fun-but-dumb sci-fi caper Lockout is becoming an increasingly expensive movie for co-writer and producer Luc Besson, who was forced last year by a French court to pay director John Carpenter for ripping off Escape From New York with the plot of the Guy Pearce-starring film. Back then, the amounts levied against Besson’s EuropaCorp production company were relatively minor—80,000 euros in all, split between Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and the film’s rights holder—but the appeals process has caused the bill to steadily pile up.
According to Deadline, a judge ruled today that Besson and company now owe 450,000 euros—roughly $500,000—to Carpenter for the now-legally plagiarized film, which sees Guy Pearce play the “athletic, rebellious, and cynical hero” type that Carpenter apparently owns in perpetuity. That’s a lot of potential funding for the director’s ongoing, keyboard-heavy music tours ...
- William Hughes
Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports. The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Rome — A Paris appeals court on Friday found French director-producer Luc Besson guilty of plagiarizing John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” with the 2012 space-set movie “Lockout.”
The court ordered his EuropaCorp production company to pay 450,000 Euros ($502,000) in damages to the U.S. horror helmer, according to a report on French news service Bfmtv.
Besson, who is France’s most international director and recently drew applause at Comic-Con with footage of his big-budget sci-fier “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” had denied the charge. The suit was brought by Carpenter and his “Escape” co-writer Nick Castle in 2014.
There was no comment from EuropaCorp on Friday.
The court ruled that “Lockout” had “massively borrowed key elements” of “Escape, »
- Nick Vivarelli
An appeals court has ruled that French filmmaker Luc Besson is guilty of plagiarizing from John Carpenter’s 1981 classic “Escape From New York” and must now pay the fellow filmmaker nearly half a million dollars.
As Yahoo reports, Besson has long denied that his 2012 thriller, “Lockout,” was a copy of Carpenter’s Kurt Russell-starring actioner. In Carpenter’s film, Russell plays a former government agent who is tasked with retrieving the U.S. president from the island of Manhattan — which has been turned into a massive prison — after his plane crashes there (thanks, Air Force One, thanks a lot). In “Lockout,” Pearce is a convict sent to a giant space jail who is given the chance to win back his freedom if he can rescue the U.S. president’s daughter, who is trapped in said giant space jail.
Read More: Comic Con 2016: Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Footage »
- Kate Erbland
It’s been said that every musician wants to be a filmmaker and every filmmaker wants to be a musician. John Carpenter has been doing both for over 40 years, taking on writing, directing, and composing duties for most of his films. Carpenter is currently playing rock star, on tour promoting his two Lost Themes records, playing rearranged versions of his classic film themes to sold-out audiences around the world. In 1985, the horror master recorded an album’s worth of material alongside Nick Castle (the original Michael Myers) and Tommy Lee Wallace, who worked as production designer and editor on 1978’s Halloween before going on to write and direct the Carpenter-produced Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. Recorded as The Coupe De Villes, Waiting Out The Eighties was never meant to be officially released and only given out to friends and family. Well, one of those friends and »
- Mike Vanderbilt
Created by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated U.S. comic strip in 1951 – and not to be confused with the Beano character of the same name, Dennis the Menace spawned a live-action TV show in the 1950s, along with two animated series and a 1987 TV movie.
In 1993, the character made his big screen debut courtesy of director Nick Castle and writer-producer John Hughes, with a movie starring Mason Gamble as Dennis and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbour Mr. Wilson.
- Gary Collinson
The project is being produced by Gil Netter. There are no directors or actors attached.
“Dennis the Menace” was originally launched by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated comic strip in 1951, inspired by Ketcham’s four-year-old son Dennis and his penchant for mischief. The name was inspired by his wife Alice, who said at the time, “Your son is a menace!”
The strip led to a 1959 sitcom and a 1993 live-action movie, starring Mason Gamble and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbor George Mitchell. “Dennis the Menace,” directed by Nick Castle from a script by John Hughes, performed solidly at the box office from Warner Bros. with $51 million domestically and $66 million overseas.
“The Boy” has grossed $36 million domestically for STX.
Menear also wrote coming-of-age drama “Mixtape,” which won the »
- Dave McNary
Lance Guest plays a teen obsessed with an arcade game named “Starfighter” that turns out to be an intergalactic training vehicle. Thanks to his high scores, he’s whisked away by avuncular alien Robert Preston to join other warriors in protecting his home planet. Director Nick Castle (best known for portraying Michael Meyers in Halloween) was one of the first directors to make extensive use of CGI and that, combined with its Archie Andrews in Space storyline, helped make the film a modest hit that would gain a substantial afterlife due to its ubiquitous presence on early cable broadcasts.
- TFH Team
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