Death Race faces court action
In the entertainment business court cases are all too common, make something popular and people will come out from the woodwork claiming they created it days, weeks or months before, anything to get them noticed or to try and make money. However there are legitimate cases too, let's not taint all such cases with the same cynical brush.
So hot on the heels of the threat of Watchmen being delayed while a court case of rights rages, it seems that Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race may be hitting the same fate.
Adam Stone is a writer who is claiming that he pitched his script for a film called Joust to Paul W.S. Anderson and the producer Jeremy Bolt, after which they made a copy of it, returned it with a no thank you, and then made Death Race from it.
Death Race is most known to be connected with the 1975 film Death Race 2000, however the two are very different in terms of actual story line. Death Race could be taken as being many years before Death Race 2000, the race that is public, across America, kills innocents for points, and is televised as a huge event. Death Race is a small prison race and could be seen as the start of the Death Race scenario.
Stone claims, according to The Hollywood Reporter through Bloody Disgusting, that Death Race has been copied from his script and that he can prove it with at least thirty nine elements which mirror his screenplay.
Now the question really is what are those elements, if they are things like “they race cars”, “they kill people in their cars” and so on, well it's easy to show that both ideas could have come from the original Death Race 2000 story.
I also wonder how he knows if they copied his script, how do you tell that? Is it some investigative CSI type test, or did he see it happen? Perhaps that is meant figuratively hence the law suit. We're really not sure at this moment.
However what is sure is that Stone wants to stop the release of the film, indeed that's exactly what he's asking the courts to do. Oh, and he's after unspecified damages too, that means cash.
Honestly it's really hard to take these cases seriously when they happen so often, but then some of them actually do win and are shown as true, could this be one? Is it right that they should be able to stop the release before a case is heard?