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    Spielberg Accused Of Ripping Off Hitchcock

    8 September 2008 6:35 PM, PDT

    Movie mogul Steven Spielberg has been charged with stealing his Disturbia plot from Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window in a new Hollywood legal spat.

    The moviemaker's DreamWorks Studio and Universal Pictures have been accused of copyright infringement by the current owners of author Cornell Woolrich's short story, which inspired Hitchcock's 1954 classic thriller.

    James Stewart, who starred in that film, bought the rights to the story, Murder From a Fixed Viewpoint, and representatives at the Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust think Spielberg should have done the same before making his film, which starred Shia Labeouf.

    According to the lawsuit, filed in New York, the plots of Disturbia and Rear Window are "essentially the same".

    Top critics noted the similarities when Disturbia hit cinemas in 2007, with one reviewing calling Spielberg's movie "a rip-off".
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    I thought that Disturbia WAS a re-make of Rear Window?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvH_316_5150 View Post
    I thought that Disturbia WAS a re-make of Rear Window?
    The 1954 film was a huge movie hit while the 2007 release was only moderately successful. Caruso openly admits that the short story and Hitchcock film was his inspiration and gave him a place to start, however, he insists “Disturbia” is not a remake of “Rear Window.”

    “I embraced it [the Hitchcock film] instead of running away from it,” stated Caruso. “But I didn’t want it to be a remake because that would be silly. You can’t remake ‘Rear Window’.”



    When you payoff the orginal people, it's a "Remake", when you don't, it's a "Ripoff"... hahaha Surely to settle out of court for a few million, and a percentage of future revenues from DVD and TV broadcast rights...
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    Didn't Christopher Reeve remake Rear Window, using that title? I think he starred and directed as a guy in a wheelchair that sees someone killed or something... I wonder if he licensed it. I think it was his "comeback".

    I guess I need to make a trip to imdb.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    Didn't Christopher Reeve remake Rear Window, using that title? I think he starred and directed as a guy in a wheelchair that sees someone killed or something... I wonder if he licensed it. I think it was his "comeback".

    I guess I need to make a trip to imdb.com.
    It was a made-for-TV re-make of Rear Window, and (I think) it marked his return to acting after his accident.

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    I can't claim any specific knowledge of this case, but in general, you can't claim copyright on an idea. Anyone can write a book or make a movie about a young boy going to a wizard school, for instance. If you call the kid Larry Hopper, and the principle of the school Snumblesnore, then you'll be in trouble, but so long as you don't lift specifics, you can blag the overall idea. So, the idea of someone being confined to their home and witnessing something outside is clearly going to echo Rear Window, the idea itself is fair game. Unless, of course, there's something specific in Disturbia that's lifted from the original short story, that would be whole other kettle of fish.
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