Italian writer sues Benjamin Button bosses over script idea

February 2nd, 2009 - 4:51 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Feb 2 (ANI): Bosses of the Oscar-nominated movie The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button have been sued by an Italian writer, who claims that they stole her idea for the script.

The Brad Pitt starrer flick, which tells the story of a man who ages backwards, is said to have been inspired by a 1921 short story by legendary author F Scott Fitzgerald, reports the Daily Express.

But now Adriana Pichini, who is an office worker from Roman, Italy, has claimed that the movie is based on a story she wrote 15 years ago, titled Il ritorno di Arthur all”innocenza.

Her work had been registered with the Italian copyright authorities in 1994 and sent to publishers in the U.S., but it never came out in the market.

She has now named the film’’s producers as well as Hollywood studios Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros pictures in the lawsuit.

Pichini has brought the case before the Rome Tribunal Court, and a judge will watch the movie and read the story before any decision is taken.

An investigation will then be launched if the judge determines there are enough similarities to warrant a full court-approved enquiry. (ANI)

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