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09.09.2008

I thought it was pretty much common knowledge that DISTURBIA was a modern-day remake of REAR WINDOW (expect starring Shia LaBeouf). I mean just do a Google search for "disturbia rear window" and see what comes up: "'Disturbia' peeps into 'Rear Window' for inspiration," "DISTURBIA: Rear Window for the Teen Set," and "Disturbia: A Convincing Remake of Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'" are some of the headlines that come up. But apparently that reality was lost on the rights holders of the original short story REAR WINDOW was based on "Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint." Sheldon Abend, a Hollywood producer, bought the rights to the story in 1991 and though he died about five years ago, his estate still holds the rights. Why Abend's people only realized this now when the film has been out for like two years is beyond me. Netflix people? Hello? DreamWorks, Viacom, Universal and producer Steven Spielberg were all named in the suit, which was filed in a Manhattan federal court on Monday. Should the lawsuit prove successful, star LaBeouf could have his celebrity revoked where he'd return to being "that kid from that Disney show" and another young actor would be digitally inserted into TRANSFORMERS and INDIANA JONES (no, not really).

Extra Tidbit: That's DISTURBIA star Sarah Roemer who's supa dupa hot.
Source: CNN

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12:27PM on 09/11/2008

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Mut, actually, yeah, "Rear Window" does have the boy-who-cried-wolf stuff. Jimmy Stewart called his cop friend a number of times, until the cop got to the point where he didn't respond so quickly when it really mattered... same as in "Disturbia".

Anyway, I'm surprised that they'd be suing, 'cause it seems to me that it was common knowledge that it was a near remake from the very beginning. I heard that it was a remake before the movie was ever finished; so how could word have gotten out
Mut, actually, yeah, "Rear Window" does have the boy-who-cried-wolf stuff. Jimmy Stewart called his cop friend a number of times, until the cop got to the point where he didn't respond so quickly when it really mattered... same as in "Disturbia".

Anyway, I'm surprised that they'd be suing, 'cause it seems to me that it was common knowledge that it was a near remake from the very beginning. I heard that it was a remake before the movie was ever finished; so how could word have gotten out that early, but the rights holders were unaware? Ridiculous.
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2:29PM on 09/10/2008
IIRC, when it comes to intellectual and creative properties, the new property has to be at least 25% different to not be considered "stealing". I'd say that Disturbia, while might have its pitch similar, the synopsis is quite far from the originating source.
IIRC, when it comes to intellectual and creative properties, the new property has to be at least 25% different to not be considered "stealing". I'd say that Disturbia, while might have its pitch similar, the synopsis is quite far from the originating source.
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9:51PM on 09/09/2008
disturbia sucked lots of balls so good
disturbia sucked lots of balls so good
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4:24PM on 09/09/2008

Spielberg sued..

Kind of misleading to say that Shia is being sued--it's Spielberg and his people.

And you're telling me they couldn't afford to throw some money the estates' way ahead of time?

Say someone makes a film just like "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind", or rolls out a new action hero in a fedora named "Idaho Jones". But they change things just enough so they can say "but it's different!". Do you think Spielberg wouldn't sue??

Just saying, you don't want to set a precedent for creative
Kind of misleading to say that Shia is being sued--it's Spielberg and his people.

And you're telling me they couldn't afford to throw some money the estates' way ahead of time?

Say someone makes a film just like "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind", or rolls out a new action hero in a fedora named "Idaho Jones". But they change things just enough so they can say "but it's different!". Do you think Spielberg wouldn't sue??

Just saying, you don't want to set a precedent for creative copying. Then no one's ideas are safe.

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2:56PM on 09/09/2008
Disturbia sucked anyway.
Disturbia sucked anyway.
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2:37PM on 09/09/2008
pure bullshiit! i can name dozens of movies that pretty much used the same storyline, but added a little bit of some kind of originality... actually every story line in hollywood is based of another in one way or another... it's just that some of hollywoods finest are good at covering it up. i'd give disturbia a 7 out of 10... it was pretty well made, but not the best. if i were to give it say a 2 out of 10, than yeah, make a lawsuit out of it... because they would have destroyed the storyline.
pure bullshiit! i can name dozens of movies that pretty much used the same storyline, but added a little bit of some kind of originality... actually every story line in hollywood is based of another in one way or another... it's just that some of hollywoods finest are good at covering it up. i'd give disturbia a 7 out of 10... it was pretty well made, but not the best. if i were to give it say a 2 out of 10, than yeah, make a lawsuit out of it... because they would have destroyed the storyline. but get a grip, no reason for a lawsuit
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2:14PM on 09/09/2008

Wow, this is some bullshit

I love "Rear Window" as much as the next guy, but "Disturbia" doesn't copy off of it any more than other films like "Fright Night" have. Plus, it has been out on DVD for a year now, maybe longer. What the hell was Sheldon Abendsí estate doing? Biding their time?
I love "Rear Window" as much as the next guy, but "Disturbia" doesn't copy off of it any more than other films like "Fright Night" have. Plus, it has been out on DVD for a year now, maybe longer. What the hell was Sheldon Abendsí estate doing? Biding their time?
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2:00PM on 09/09/2008
The protagonist is trapped in his house and spends his time spying on the neighbors, the only other person to believe him is his (sorta) love interest, he sends her over to the house to investigate (where she will inevitably be caught) because he cannot do it himself.

That's all from Rear Window. The antagonist even looks like the bad guy from Rear Window. Inspired is one thing. For instance, Swimfan was inspired by Fatal Attraction. This, on the other hand, is almost a carbon copy of the
The protagonist is trapped in his house and spends his time spying on the neighbors, the only other person to believe him is his (sorta) love interest, he sends her over to the house to investigate (where she will inevitably be caught) because he cannot do it himself.

That's all from Rear Window. The antagonist even looks like the bad guy from Rear Window. Inspired is one thing. For instance, Swimfan was inspired by Fatal Attraction. This, on the other hand, is almost a carbon copy of the script for Rear Window.

All that they really did was change the ages of the characters. If the makers of Parts: The Clonus Horror can sue the makers of The Island, so should the person who wrote the story that inspired Rear Window be able to sue these morons.
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12:59PM on 09/09/2008
Eagle Eye looks to be very different from the game.. I dont get where all the hate is coming from. Disturbia is inspired by Rear Window, so what? Tons of films are inspired by ones of the past.
Eagle Eye looks to be very different from the game.. I dont get where all the hate is coming from. Disturbia is inspired by Rear Window, so what? Tons of films are inspired by ones of the past.
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12:50PM on 09/09/2008
Um ... okay. "Disturbia" may be very similar to "Rear Window," but it's not EXACTLY the same. Was Shia in a wheelchair? Was the "villain" in the original a serial killer? Did the original movie have any of the boy-who-cried-wolf shit with the cops? The movie may have been heavily inspired (VERY heavily), but it's not a remake.
Um ... okay. "Disturbia" may be very similar to "Rear Window," but it's not EXACTLY the same. Was Shia in a wheelchair? Was the "villain" in the original a serial killer? Did the original movie have any of the boy-who-cried-wolf shit with the cops? The movie may have been heavily inspired (VERY heavily), but it's not a remake.
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11:31AM on 09/09/2008
Took them long enough. I had assumed that they did do something about the rights....shame on you Spielberg.
Took them long enough. I had assumed that they did do something about the rights....shame on you Spielberg.
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10:43AM on 09/09/2008

Great news.

Its about time. Now could David Fincher and his screenwriter from The Game sue the makers of Eagle Eye for stealing their idea too? Heck, its even color-corrected to look like a David Fincher film.
Its about time. Now could David Fincher and his screenwriter from The Game sue the makers of Eagle Eye for stealing their idea too? Heck, its even color-corrected to look like a David Fincher film.
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