8 Apr 2009
Warner Bros. Warns India To Back Off Benjamin Button Remake
I can't decide what's more ironic - that Bollywood is remaking a movie that lost out to a Bollywood-inspired film at the Oscars, or that Warner Bros. is vehemently defending their rights to an original story they barely followed in the first place... Regardless, the studio is warning via local media advertisements that they will sue anyone who attempts a Hindi remake of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button without their permission. This comes after reports that "Bollywood producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah planned to make a Hindi-language film called 'Action Replay,' in which actor Akshay Kumar would go through a reverse-aging process." The ads went out from the Mumbai-based Warner Bros. India and a New Delhi law firm threatening litigation against anyone who produces a film "either in English or Hindi or another language, having a similar script, screenplay or story line or character sketches or interplay of characters or sequence of events." Similar notices had been made prior to a proposed Bollywood remake of The Departed and an unauthorized redo of Sony's Jerry Maguire.

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