(Reuters) – A television series developed for Apple Inc by the famous director M. Night Shyamalan blatantly copied a 2013 film, a copyright lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: Director M. Night Shyamalan attends the European premiere of “Glass” in London, Great Britain, on January 9, 2019. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini sued Apple and Shyamalan in federal court in Los Angeles, claiming that the recently released horror series “Servant” plagiarized her 2013 film “The Truth About Emanuel.”
Apple declined to comment and a Shyamalan publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Having a very personal love job stolen, what this case is about, is heartbreaking,” Gregorini said in a press release.
Gregorini’s lawyer, David Erikson, said in a statement that the similarities between the two works “are so widespread and so based on the highly creative and exclusively personal artistic choices of my client, that the idea that they could have resulted from a coincidence it’s absurd. ”
Shyamalan, known for his final twists on the film, has directed films that include “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.”
Tony Basgallop, the writer and creator of “Servant”, was also named as the defendant in the lawsuit.
“Servant” and “The Truth About Emanuel” tell the story of a mother who, lamenting the death of her baby, forms an attachment to a realistic doll that she thinks is alive. In both works, a teenage nanny accompanies the grieving mother and takes care of the doll as if she were alive.
Gregorini’s claim claimed that there are also striking similarities between scenes, themes and scenarios in the two works.
Apple TV +, the entry of the iPhone manufacturer in the busy streaming TV market, debuted on November 1 with four television series for adults, an episode of “Oprah’s Book Club”, a documentary on nature and three children’s series . Additional programming is being added.
All programming is original because, unlike Netflix Inc and Disney + from Walt Disney Co, Apple is not entitled to a subsequent catalog of television shows and movies.
Reports by Jan Wolfe and Stephen Nellis; Edition by Tom Brown