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Lawsuit Rise Over Rival Eco-Terrorist Films

By Garth Franklin Monday September 17th 2012 11:31PM

Kelly Reichardt's upcoming eco-terrorist thriller "Night Moves" has been slapped with a lawsuit from Edward R. Pressman Film demanding production to be halted immediately says THR Esq.

Pressman Film, which produced "American Psycho" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", claims 'Night' is a blatant rip-off of Edward Abbey's 1975 novel "The Monkey Wrench Gang". Pressman owns the book's film rights and have hired "Catfish" filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to adapt.

According to the lawsuit, both works feature the targeting of a dam for destruction by means of ammonium fertilizer-laden boats. The principal in both is an alcoholic bomb-making veteran albeit in different services (Green Beret in the book, US Marine in 'Night'), and both feature a young woman who develops a sexual relationship with the veteran despite his initial objections to her participation in the group's activities.

Shooting isn't scheduled to begin until next month on 'Night' which has Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard attached. The earliness of the lawsuit indicates the plaintiff's aren't as keen on monetary compensation so much as aiming to shut down the project completely.

The project isn't to be confused with Zal Batmanglij's already shot indie thriller "The East" in which Brit Marling plays a private security agent who infiltrates an eco-terrorist organization. Alexander Skarsgard, Patricia Clarkson, Shiloh Fernandez and Ellen Page also star.

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