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Zoom out of gas?

06.21.2005

Just a month or so before filming was scheduled to begin on the Tim Allen superhero flick ZOOM, the studios behind the project, Sony Pictures and Revolution Studios, have been hit with a lawsuit from Fox and Marvel who claim the film infringes on their popular X-MEN franchise. Fox and Marvel allege that the current draft of the script features many elements that are similar to those seen in the X-MEN movies such as a training school for young mutant superheroes, an underground training facility and a sinister government program. Fox reportedly got wind of the ZOOM project all the way back in August of 2004 and sent a letter to the studios warning them of potential copyright infringement. There was no response however and Fox acquired a copy of the script and compiled a detailed list of the similarities between ZOOM and the X-MEN films and sent it to them in late May. Both sides agree changes were made to the script as a result of that letter but Fox wasn't satisfied. The lawsuit notes that the project is based on a graphic novel that itself isn't all that similar to X-MEN but that the adapted script is a near copy. What perhaps motivated Fox to file a lawsuit was Sony and Revolution's decision to release ZOOM on May 12th, two weeks before X3 is to be released. Even if the lawsuit is dismissed it may force Sony/Revolution to delay the start of production and push back the release date - essentially a win situation for Fox.

Source: Variety

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