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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. »
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
You might be thinking you heard this news already, and in a way, you have. Last fall, a French court ruled in John Carpenter‘s favor after he took EuropaCorp and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to court alleging that Luc Besson‘s 2012 film “Lockout” was a ripoff of “Escape From New York.” Besson, who is credited […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Besson is credited with co-writing the screenplay and named in the suit which went before the courts last Fall who ruled in Carpenter's favor. Besson appealed the decision, and unfortunately for him the appeals court this week said verdict still stands.
Now, EuropaCorp, Besson and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather have to pay Carpenter damages. The original ruling was for a total of 80,000 euros but the appeals court substantially increased the amount. Even so, it was a long way from the 2.4 million Carpenter was asking for.
In the ruling last year, the court said the surface differences of the film such as the setting and more modern hero were "not enough to differentiate the two films. »
- Garth Franklin
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
5 items from 2016
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