Dreamworks Sued for Ripping Off ‘Rear Window’

It appears that Dreamworks are being sued for ripping off the idea of Rear Window for the recent movie Disturbia starring Shia LaBeouf. We get the story thanks to our friends over at Cinematical:

“And now, not surprisingly, Dreamworks, its parent company Viacom and Universal Pictures, is being sued for creating an unauthorized remake.

The defendant in the case is not exactly related to Hitchcock’s film, though; the lawsuit was filed by Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, which owns the rights to Cornell Woolrich’s original short story “It Had to Be Murder” (called “Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint” in the article), upon which Rear Window is based.

“What the defendants have been unwilling to do openly, legitimately and legally, (they) have done surreptitiously, by their back-door use of the ‘Rear Window’ story without paying compensation… In the Disturbia film the defendants purposefully employed immaterial variations or transparent rephrasing to produce essentially the same story as the Rear Window story.”

Rear Window is in my top 10 films of all time and my disgust when I saw Disturbia in the cinema was very high indeed. Basically it was just Rear Window for dummies, a modernization of a story that didn’t need to be so. If you wanna’ experience this story then go and bloody watch the original Rear Window (or in the studios case just re-release it in cinemas) instead of hashing out a modernized, gadget-filled piece of crap that’s only real merit was David Morse as the villain (which was down to him as an actor being awesome and not necessarily the film).

If this company had the rights to this story and Dreamworks did this story without acquiring what should be known as “rights to a remake” then they have every right to sue the hell out of them. I urge anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of seeing Rear Window to go and watch that and do not watch it’s modern-day, infinitely inferior remake that is Disturbia.


American remake of ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ to be called something different

It’s been a while since it was announced that yet another remake of an Asian horror film was being remade called A Tale of Two Sisters. I HATE it when these very scary films get remade as not only in principal (as I don’t see how they can’t come up with their own ideas) but also because they usually suck. With the exception of the American version of The Ring, every one of them has sucked in comparison to the originals – The Grudge, The Eye, Shutter, One Missed call – they all suck.

Well it seems that not only are we subjected to yet another remake of one of them but they are making themselves look even worse by calling it something different. Instead of using the same title A Tale of Two Sisters, I just read on IMDB that it’s going to be called The Uninvited. Now for any of you out there there who may recognise the name – yes there was an Asian horror film from 2003 with the same name but it has no link to this. But I diverse…

So what was wrong with the original title? Too detailed? Too long? Or do they feel the need to have a catchy name for the sake of the posters? Whatever motivation they had I think it’s plain dumb; if they have to remake quality original content do they have to change the name too?