Filmmaker Luc Besson has lost his appeal over a plagiarism case regarding the 2012 sci-fi film “Lockout” and how close the film is to John Carpenter’s 1981 classic “Escape From New York”.
Besson is credited with co-writing the screenplay and named in the suit which went before the courts last Fall who ruled in Carpenter’s favor. Besson appealed the decision, and unfortunately for him the appeals court this week said verdict still stands.
Now, EuropaCorp, Besson and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather have to pay Carpenter damages. The original ruling was for a total of 80,000 euros but the appeals court substantially increased the amount. Even so, it was a long way from the 2.4 million Carpenter was asking for.
In the ruling last year, the court said the surface differences of the film such as the setting and more modern hero were “not enough to differentiate the two films.”