John Carpenter Successfully Sues Luc Besson For Plagiarism

They say there is nothing new under the sun, but there is surely a difference between homage and plagiarism. That is the lesson dispensed this week by a Paris appeals court, which has ruled that Luc Besson, his EuropaCorp production company, and the co-writers/directors of the 2012 film Lockout (Stephen St. Leger and James Mather) plagiarized 1981’s Escape From New York.

This is the second ruling in the case. At the end of 2015, the court found in favour of Carpenter and his team, and awarded them $95,000. Carpenter’s camp had originally asked for $2.4 million. Besson’s team filed an appeal, however, and lost again. The result of this final ruling is that Luc Besson and his filmmaking associates must now pay over $500,000 to John Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and the production company StudioCanal.

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