Florida man sues Disney, says "Pirates" movie was his idea

Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2005 10:44 AM | Contributed by supermandl

A filmmaker associated with "Assault of the Killer Bimbos" says that Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" was his idea, not something based on the theme park ride. He has filed suit against the company seeking a cut of profits from the film. He has no lawyer.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 10:57 AM
Funny. The star of "Black Pearl" was Johnny Depp who also starred in "Secret Window"; a movie premised on a big-time writer stealing a book from some no-name hack.

Hinkey :)

lata, jeremy

-- "You stole my stor-y!"

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 11:21 AM
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When I started seeing it, I literally had tears in my eyes...


Nice grammar feller! ;) Uh, good luck?

[caution, don't read this if you are still planning to watch Secret Window]

What's really funny is that Johnny Depp turned out to be a looney toon in that movie... ;)

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 11:21 AM
Two words: Cash Grab!

My guess is that this guy has the IQ of a lamp post. His previous work being "Assault of the Killer Bimbos" and the fact that he "has no lawyer" says it all.

2Hostyl - Way to connect the dots with Johnny Depp, Secret Window and this story. I got a chuckle out of it. Maybe we can start a new game: Six Degrees of Frivolous Lawsuits.

Jerry

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 11:25 AM
Hmmm...after seeing that website provided by Rihard it seems that there is more to this case than the original article mentioned, however some aspects still seem fishy to me. *** This post was edited by CoasterKrazy 2/1/2005 3:30:01 PM ***
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 11:47 AM
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My guess is that this guy has the IQ of a lamp post.
As the owner of a lamp post I'm quite fond of, I find that comment offensive. My lamp post never tried to sue anybody.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 12:15 PM
Disney was fast to say that the lawsuit has no merit without seeing this guys movie, I wonder wh

<<Secret Window is on HBO at 12:15(CST) today>>*** This post was edited by Vernon 2/1/2005 1:11:39 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 12:20 PM
How insensitive of me. In the future, I will refrain from comparing lazy, litigious screenplay authors to lamp posts (it gives all lamp posts a bad rap). :)
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 1:11 PM
Rctycoon2k's avatar Vernon, they said it had no merit because they didn't steal the concept from a guy that no one has heard of.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 1:43 PM
"Mathew, an Altamonte Springs filmmaker who has worked on such projects as "Assault of the Killer Bimbos," ..."

I was visiting my grandmother who lives in Altamonte Springs just this past November and this guy sounds like he fits right in with the people who live in that city. They are some the the craziest people I have ever seen in my life. Which is why we are trying to get my grandmother to sell her house and either move up here to Ohio with my family or to move to Laguna Beach with my cousin. (If she is smart she will move in with my cousin)

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 2:07 PM
Rihard's avatar I'm not so sure that I will right this lawsuit off as a get rich quick scheme. There are more details to this story than what is in the Orlando news story. You can read more of the details here... http://www.miceage.com/kevinyee/ky020105a.htm

and at the lamp posts own website here...

http://www.disneylawsuit.com/

I'm going to keep an eye on this story and see if this unnamed published book of his really exists and if it contains the story eliments from the film before I judge him to be a scam artist.

Disney has been dried up creativly for years (see Hildago, the Alamo, Around the World in 80 days). For them to suddenly have this huge successful film seems odd to me. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if there was indeed some intellectual theft from someone inside.

edit grammar.*** This post was edited by Rihard 2/1/2005 2:09:50 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 3:01 PM
Almost any movie made today recyeles everything seen in past films. Moulin Rouge is a perfect example of this, except it takes it to the extreme and makes sure the general public notices it. Other Movies do not make such a big point of such 'copying.' Its not just disney that has dried up creativity, its the entiree movie industry except for a few youngsters with new ideas.

Judging from Matthews past works (found here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0558595/ ) this is likely going to be somehow resolved out of court, but since the short was never released publicly, Matthews likely will lose the case.

Also technically since Matthews came up with the movie AFTER the ride was designed, Disney could turn around and sue Matthews for stealing the idea from their ride. EDIT: Also Matthews would have to prove that the short was indeed filmed 10 years ago, it could have been filmed in the time after PoC was released.

(Note: Mod's feel free to edit to fix the link - I use firefox so I don't get those nifty features)


*** This post was edited by UdoTch 2/1/2005 3:06:08 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 3:31 PM
What is the original story line of the ride Pirates of the Caribbean?
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 7:49 PM
Story line of POTC (if you can call it that,) Pirates are cursed, they seek treasure only in death, splash! Pirates raid town, pillage, rape (well as close as we will see at a disney park) burn, get arrested and drunk.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 9:18 PM
Let's see he claims one of the unique story items is that the island governor's daughter is kidnapped by the pirates and take on board their ship.

How many pirate movies have you ever seen where the governer's daughter is not kidnapped and taken on board the pirate's ship?

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 10:41 PM
Judging from one of the reviews on the movie database, evidently the plot for Thelma and Louise was grabbed from his movie "Assault of the Killer Bimbos" as well.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2005 8:30 AM
You know, I was sitting in my bath tub one day and came up with the idea for Titanic. Little did I know there was actually a ship called the Titanic that REALLY DID SINK. I mean...what are the odds?
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Thursday, February 3, 2005 1:57 AM
The thing that gets me.. Pirates of the Carribbean came out WHEN? It is now February '05. Why so long? It's not like he was in discussions with his lawyer...
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Thursday, February 3, 2005 5:41 PM
I'm just bummed that Disney didn't steal his idea for "Ghetto Blaster" or "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama." Now those would be movies! And if they decided to make rides out of them...... there are no words to describe it.
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