Copyright lawsuit filed against The Shape Of Water makers

Shape of Water Lawsuit Alleges the Film Plagiarized 1969 Play

Playwright's family sues The Shape of Water film-makers over works' similarities

The Shape of Water leads the way in nominations for this year's Oscars. This includes the play and the movie's basic story of the lonely janitor who works at a scientific laboratory during the Cold War, forms a loving bond with a captive aquatic creature and hatches a plan to liberate it.

Toberoff further explained Zindel hadn't seen The Shape of Water, but was first directed to its similarities with Let Me Hear You Whisper by the "groundswell of reaction on social media from people who had read the play". The suit also names the companies responsible for the production and distribution of The Shape of Water and a planned novel based on the movie.

Del Toro's film focuses on a mute female janitor working in a military lab who develops an intimate relationship with an Amazonian river monster, who she plans to rescue from death.

Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" is a ripoff of a drama by Pulitzer-winning playwright Paul Zindel, according to a new lawsuit filed by the deceased playwright's son. Frequent Del Toro creature collaborator Doug Jones plays the fish-man alongside British actress Sally Hawkins as his paramour.

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And that the former phallus actually elicited a response from Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro himself, who noted that, while we're going there, it wasn't "an accurate representation" of Amphibian Man's (his stated IMDB name's) penis as he imagines it-because, evidently, he too has imagined it.

Fox Searchlight defended the director, issuing a statement to Deadline that called the suit "wholly without merit".

"He was always so generous with his time to help and inspire students, teachers, librarians, and other writers; so it came as a total shock to us that his original work would be so blatantly and extensively taken", David Zindel told TheWrap in a statement Wednesday. "Instead, we will vigorously defend ourselves and, by extension, this groundbreaking and original film". Regardless of whether plagiarism is ultimately proven in a court of law, this development will likely impact the film's performance next Sunday, as the final voting window for the Oscars opened on February 20th, and it closes on February 28th. 'It's pretty transparent what is happening here.

"I have been at this 25 years and have an unimpeachable reputation", he added.

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