15 items from 2015
It's widely known how much inspiration Kojima took from the director's 1997 film for the PlayStation classic, and now it seems that the film company wanted to take legal action.
Both the movie and the game's star characters are codenamed Snake, both are dropped into a solo mission which they have 24 hours to complete, both are tortured during the mission, and they both reveal their real names at the end.
"I know the director of those games, and he's a nice guy, or at least he's nice to me."
Unfortunately for Luc Besson - who »
Last week it was announced that John Carpenter (via CanalPlus) had won a French plagiarism lawsuit against Luc Besson and his company Europa Corp. for their Lockout movie infringing on Carpenter's own Escape from New York. Surprisingly, he won. I say surprisingly because, while elements of the story are clearly homages to Efny, the suit would never have been won in a Us court.
It's not like Carpenter got rich off the deal. The suit brought in about 80,000 euros - 20,000 of which went to the filmmaker.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood reporter, Carpenter talked about the lawsuit.
CanalPlus is the company that, with me, owns Escape From New [Continued ...] »
Luc Besson’s (Lucy) production company Europacorp has been ordered by a French court to pay €80,000 in damages after John Carpenter (Halloween) filed a lawsuit claiming that Besson-produced thriller Lockout infringed the copyright of his own Escape From New York.
A report from French legal publishers Légipresse said that the courts had “noted many similarities” between the two films.
They said: “Both presented an athletic, rebellious and cynical hero, sentenced to a period of isolated incarceration – despite his heroic past – who is given the offer of setting out to free the President of the United States or his daughter held hostage in exchange for his freedom; he manages, undetected, »
- Tom Beasley
In Lockout, a criminal goes on a near-suicide mission to rescue the president's daughter from a heavily armed no-man's land. Sound familiar?
A French court undertook an extensive examination of both screenplays and subsequently ruled in Carpenter's favour, according to Observatoire européen de l'audiovisue.
Among the similarities between the two films, the court listed: "A number of elements present in both New York 1997 [French name for Escape from New York] and Lock-Out could, in fact, be considered as stock elements in the cinema.
"The court nevertheless noted many similarities between the two science-fiction films: both presented an athletic, rebellious and cynical hero, sentenced to a period of »
Court reports have emerged showing that John Carpenter successfully sued Luc Besson’s Europacorp for copyright infringement over the similarities between Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi thriller film Escape from New York, and the 2012 release Lockout, directed by Stephen Saint Leger and James Mather, and scripted by Besson and the two directors.
According to French law-specialist publishers Légipresse, the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris handed down its judgment on 7 May 2015, after making a “detailed comparison of the plot and development of the films”, and decided that Lockout had “reproduced” key elements of Escape from New York – known as New York 1997 in France.
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- Andrew Pulver
Madrid – In a May 7 ruling made public Thursday, a Paris regional court has sided with John Carpenter and Studiocanal, finding Luc Besson and “Lockout” co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather guilty of having plagiarized Carpenter’s “Escape From New York.”
EuropaCorp, Besson’s high-flying studio, told French newspaper Liberation that it has appealed the ruling. And the fine will hardly dent EuropaCorp’s sturdy bottom-line: the Paris and L.A-based company is sentenced to pay €20,000 ($22,800) to Carpenter, €10,000 ($11,400) to screenwriter Nick Castle and €50,000 ($57,000) to “Escape from New York” rights holder Studiocanal.
In an analysis of the court’s finding by Amelie Blocman published by the European Audiovisual Observatory and widely referenced in the French press, the court “noted many similarities between the two science-fiction films: Both presented an athletic, rebellious and cynical hero, sentenced to a period of isolated incarceration – despite his heroic past – who is given the offer of »
- John Hopewell
2012's Lockout starring Guy Pearce has been described by more than a few as an Escape From New York ripoff, and apparently director John Carpenter didn't take too kindly to how much the filmmakers "borrowed" from his movie for their sci-fi actioner. Carpenter has won a plagiarism suit against production company EuropaCorp and screenwriters Luc Besson, Stephen St. Leger and... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
When the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi action movie Lockout arrived three years ago, many found it to be a harmless guilty pleasure. We fondly renamed it "Space Prison" and ignored its similarities to the 1981 John Carpenter cult classic Escape from New York as we do with any Hollywood product that simply seems derivative of other Hollywood product. Well, Carpenter didn't see the movie as a harmless pleasure of any kind. In fact, he sued the makers of Lockout for plagiarism. And he won. A French court has sided with the American filmmaker over Besson, his co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather and his production company, EuropaCorp. Here is the part of the ruling confirming the plagiarism, via The Playlist: both presented...
- Christopher Campbell
It's funny how someone can have a day in the press that's both terrible and terrific. Take Luc Besson, for example. Today's first story about him is thrilling because I've been waiting for him to get back to science-fiction for a while. Last April, he told me during a conversation at WonderCon that he felt like he made "The Fifth Element" at the wrong time. "We had digital, but it wasn't like it is now. We still had to build everything first," he told me, and having seen some of the "Fifth Element" models in person at Digital Domain, I know what he meant. They used digital compositing and digital mattes more than almost any film made before that moment, but it was still largely a model-based shoot, and all of the aliens in the film were on-set suits and make-ups. I think it's a beautiful movie, but Besson talked »
- Drew McWeeny
In 2012, Luc Besson's mid-budget action factory delivered "Lockout," a sci-fi-ish action movie that saw a game Guy Pearce leading a dumb yet more-enjoyable-than-it-had-any-right-to-be adventure about an ex-con tasked with rescuing the President's daughter from a prison… in space! Like I said, it's dumb. The box office was dreadful and reviews were worse, though on a positive note, Box Office described the picture as "a sleek, slick and shameless rip-off of John Carpenter's Snake Plissken films 'Escape from New York' and 'Escape from L.A.' " And Carpenter himself agreed. Read More: 'Lockout' Is The B-Movie You've Been Waiting For All Year The director took production company EuropaCorp and the film's writers — Stephen St. Leger, James Mather and Besson— to court over the matter, claiming they plagiarized his work. Surprisingly, Carpenter has won. These kinds of cases are notoriously difficult to prove, let alone win, but in. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We're a little over a month away from the release of Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter, and two new cool looking posters for the supernatural action flick have landed online. The film comes from The Crazies and Sahara director Breck Eisner, and besides Vinny D., it also stars Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie and Joseph Gilgun (Lockout, Misfits). Check 'em... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Stripped and chopped for parts, the Transporter trilogy could be reassembled into a single solid (and undoubtedly short) action movie. The first one had a fight scene where Jason Statham whirled around poles and through grease like a lethal Magic Mike; the second featured cinema’s first aerial undercarriage bomb disposal; the third contrived a reason to always keep Statham within 75 feet of the franchise’s real star, an Audi automobile. As a whole, however, the three movies were a shoddy refurbishing of American gearhead actioneers into Euro-thriller jalopies. Returning sans Statham, avec everything else, The Transporter: Refueled makes a poor case for rescuing this series from the scrapheap.
Though the franchise has been kept on dialysis via a TV series for a couple years, this is the first “Transporter” property to be produced by series-creator Luc Besson since 2008’s Transporter 3. That same year, Besson unleashed the Taken franchise on the world, »
- Sam Woolf
Last year, Luc Besson steered the sci-fi movie Lucy to box office gold, marking his latest foray into a genre that he's served really rather well over the course of his career. Whether writing, producing or directing, Besson's pawprints have been on projects such as The Fifth Element, Lockout and Arthur And The Invisibles. His next film as director, however, he's already calling the "biggest challenge of my career".
The film in question is Valerian, based on the French science fiction comics series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Set for release in the summer of 2017, the film is set to star Dane DeHaan as a time travel agents, trying to maintain law and order in the 28th century. Cara Delevingne, currently shooting Suicide Squad, is set to co-star. »
AMC's highly-anticipated Preacher has added yet another member to its cast, with Joseph Gilgun signing on to play the Irish vampire Cassidy. He joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga as Tulip and Ian Colletti as Arseface. Dominic Cooper is still in negotiations to play the lead character Jesse Custer, but his deal has not been finalized at this time.
The story, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's graphic novel of the same name, follows Texas preacher Jesse Custer, who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven, which gives him the ability to make anyone do as he commands. After learning that God has abandoned his post in heaven, Jesse goes on a quest to literally find God, along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and Cassidy. The vampire Cassidy is more than 100 years old, but he is described by Deadline as "the most wild-ass, bestest 'bro' you'd ever want to meet. »
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Preacher pilot for AMC -- based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 90s comic -- has another bit of co-lead casting info. Though we still don't have our Jesse Custer, we now have our Irish vampire, Cassidy, who will be played by Joseph Gilgun (This Is England). Deadline describes the character as, The most wild-ass, bestest “bro” you’d ever want to meet. He may be 100 years dead but no one’s more boisterously alive than Proinsias Cassidy. An incorrigible mischief-maker, Cassidy’s up for anything — joyriding, bungee-jumping, bank robbing, peyote dropping. He’s also a relentless conversationalist with opinions on everything from religion to politics to pop culture to theories on why people are better able to tolerate the odor of their own flatulence. [caption id="attachment_295481" align="alignright" width="230"] Image via Vertigo[/caption] So just an Irishman. If you've seen any of the gritty This Is England series, »
- Allison Keene
15 items from 2015
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