Italian Office Worker Files Suit Over Ben Button
Mon, 02 Feb 2009 10:53:44
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which garnered over a dozen Oscar nominations, is in some legal hot water. An Italian office worker named Adriana Pichini has filed legal papers through her attorney, alleging that the film's screenplay was based on a story she wrote in 1994.
The film was inspired by an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that was written in 1921, but was not directly based on said story. Pichini, who works in Rome, claims that the film appears to be based on her story, titled Arthur's Return to Innocence. Pichini officially registered the story with the Italian copyright office and even tried sending the manuscript to US publishing houses to no avail.
Pichini's lawyer filed papers in Rome's Tribunal Court, where a judge will watch the film and read her story. If the judge assigned to the case deems that there are enough similarities between the film and Pichini's story, an investigation will be launched by the court. No timetable has been set for the judge to make the decision. The film opens wide in Italy on February 13.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff