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From the "About Time" Files: Dreamworks Sued for Ripping Off 'Rear Window' in 'Disturbia'

8 September 2008 5:32 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Classics, Thrillers, Mystery & Suspense, Universal, Celebrities and Controversy, Dreamworks, Steven Spielberg, Remakes and Sequels

The basic plot of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window -- man believes he witnessed a murder, has to prove it really happened -- has been reused for so many films and TV shows that it's not that surprising when another homage or ripoff comes around. Yet last year's Disturbia, starring Shia Labeouf as a guy under house arrest who thinks his neighbor is a serial killer, bore close enough resemblance to be labeled an update on Hitchcock's film. And now, not surprisingly, the film's executive producer, Steven Spielberg, along with Dreamworks, its parent company Viacom and Universal Pictures, is being sued for creating an unauthorized remake.

The defendant in the case is not exactly related to Hitchcock's film, though; the lawsuit was filed by Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, which owns the rights to Cornell Woolrich »

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