The premise for The Purge is simple. Due to the fact that there is too much violence and crime, the government decides the only way to get rid of it is to "purge" it all with 24 hours of legal crime. Whether or not you believe that this would do any kind of good, you have to admit it's a cool idea.
So, speaking of legalities, it has got to be somewhat ironic that the film itself has apparently possibly broken the law. They recently lost a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Screenwriter Douglas Jordan-Benel filed a lawsuit against the studio, writer and director James DeMonaco and United Talent Agency, claiming they stole his idea for the film.
Here's what U.S. District judge Michael Fitzgerald had to say about the case:
“Plaintiff’s claim for copyright infringement is sufficiently supported by plausible factual allegations. Given DeMonaco’s relationship with UTA at the time of the transmission, [David Kramer‘s] supervision of DeMonaco’s own agent, and the relatively short interval between submission of the Script was passed on to DeMonaco is not implausible as a matter of law.”
Fitzgerald dismissed the case against production companies Blumhouse Productions and Overlord Productions, however, as Jordan-Benel “has not alleged any facts to show access by Blumhouse or Overlord.”
The original screenplay written by Jordan-Benel was apparently called 'Settler's Day' and was highly similar to the product we got back on June 7, 2013. He claims "the same core copyrightable expression as Plaintiff’s screenplay in addition to numerous other similarities in the selection and arrangement of coyrightable and non-copyrightable elements."
UCLA film professor Richard Walter had this to say after carefully reading both scripts; for The Purge and Settler's Day.
“[He said] the similarities between ‘Settler’s Day’ and the Shooting Script are so striking that it is a virtual impossibility that the latter could have been created independently from the former.”
Jordan-Benel is seeking $5 million in damages.
Check out the trailer for the film below.
(Via: The Wrap)
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