September 9, 2008

Random Musing: Rear Window Remake

Natalie Finn for E! Online was hardly kidding when she stated,"How many lawyers did it take to determine that 'Disturbia' was kinda like 'Rear Window'? ('Cause the critics figured it out right away.)" So is it really news that "Disturbia" is currently caught up in a lawsuit in New York over just how similar it is to the classic Hitchcock film?

Here is the scoop (from the AP):

A lawsuit claims Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures Corp. ripped off "Rear Window" when they made the movie "Disturbia."

The 2007 thriller "Disturbia" stars Shia LaBeouf as a kid who spies on neighbors, including a man he suspects is a serial killer.

The copyright infringement lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan, says "Disturbia" copied a short story Cornell Woolrich wrote in 1942 and the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie that starred James Stewart and Grace Kelly and was based on the story.

Woolrich died in 1968. The rights to "Rear Window" were sold to Sheldon Abend, who died in 2003. His estate brought the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.

Representatives for Spielberg, DreamWorks and Paramount said they don't comment on pending litigation.
I even remember when the film opened in theaters last year that it seemed essentially like a rip-off of "Rear Window" (and I do not take kindly to attempts to remake Hitchcock). How could it have taken this long to put it together, honestly? Anyway, I think the suit's creation might just be a little bit of poetic justice... Take that, you rip-off, you!

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