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 ...