The producer Luc Besson and EuropaCorp were sentenced in May to pay damages to US director John Carpenter. The French Justice ruled that the film Lock Out constitutes an infringement of the movie New York 1997 .
EuropaCorp, James Mather, Stephen St. Leger, who wrote and directed Lock Out , released in 2012, in collaboration with Luc Besson, were jointly ordered to pay 10,000 euros in damages to Nick Castle, who co-wrote New York 1997 , and 20,000 euros to John Carpenter. They were also ordered to pay 50,000 euros in damages to StudioCanal, which owns the exploitation rights New York 1997 , according to the judgment pronounced May 7, 2015 by the High Court instance of Paris. The applicants claimed a total of three million.
Two films, same story
In their decision, the judges noted the many similarities between the two films of science fiction, although some elements differ. For example, “the fact in 1981 to transform the island of Manhattan in prison was within the expectation as to transform a space station in 2012 in prison, and the replacement of the place of Manhattan Island by the action space station can not afford to deny any infringement, “notes the judgment.
Both films depict” an athletic hero, rebellious and cynical, sentenced (…) to execute a prison sentence in a separate institution from the world, which is offered to pick the US president or his daughter held hostage in this prison against his liberty “, lists the judgment. The main character “breaks into the prison after a flight in a glider / for space shuttle”, “faces of dangerous prisoners led by a chief unpredictable right arm, a briefcase and look at the critical importance; he finds on site a former sidekick dies, succeeded in extremis the mission and keeps the end the secret documents recovered during a mission. ” For judges, “the significant features of the film New York 1997 , designed to give a clean face, were taken over by Lock Out , which characterizes the infringement”.