Copyright lawsuit claims 'The Island' cloned 'Parts: The Clonus Horror'
UPI News Service, 08/10/2005
Producers of the 1979 cult indie "Parts: The Clonus Horror" filed suit in New York claiming DreamWorks and Warner Bros. cribbed their movie for "The Island."
Several critics have noted similarities between the two films, Daily Variety reported. Premiere magazine went so far as to say: "The first hour of 'The Island' plays like a much more expensive albeit scene-for-scene remake (of 'Clonus')."
In addition to unspecified financial compensation, Myrl A. Schreibman and Robert S. Fiveson want "The Island" withdrawn from theaters and any further release barred, Variety said.
Both films tell the stories of clones being raised as spare parts for humans but while "The Island" cost $120 million to make, "Clonus" was made on a $250,000 budget.
"The Island" has been a box office disappointment, grossing $55 million since its July 22 release. "Clonus" has became a sci-fi cult favorite after being featured on cable TV's "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and is available on DVD.
The copyright infringement suit lists 90 instances where the movies are identical. DreamWorks released a statement Tuesday saying, "'The Island does not infringe on anyone's copyrights," Variety said. Warner said it does not comment on pending litigation.