Friday 17 November 2017

Russian screenwriter accuses Fox of plagiarising his script for Ridley Scott movie The Martian

Matt Damon in The Martian
Matt Damon in The Martian
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A Russian screenwriter is suing Fox for plagiarising his script for Ridley Scott's new sci-fi The Martian.

Scott's film is based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir, but Mikhail Raskhodnikov alleges that the film draws from his script Marsianin (The MArtian) which he wrote in 2008.

The screenwriter submitted his script to a number of studies and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, his lawyer Shota Gorgadze told Russian FM station Vesti that the plotline and specific details from his script feature in the Hollywood film.

Matt Damon stars as an astronaut stationed on Mars who is assumed dead after a disastrous dust storm.  When he finally makes contact with Earth the debate rages over whether or not to go and save him.

Although Weir's novel was published in 2011 he began writing it in 2009, a year after Raskhodnikov's script was completed.

Raskhodnikov is also demanding 50 million rubles (€680,000) in damages and he has called on Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky to support him in his move.

The Martian releases on September 30.

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