Though the new Jesse Eisenberg- Dakota Fanning-starring film, Night Moves, doesn't begin shooting until next month, it may have already run into some major production issues. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Edward R. Pressman Films - best known as the production company of American Psycho and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - filed a lawsuit against the film, claiming it is a "blatant rip-off" of the 1975 Edward Abbey novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which is soon to be turned into its own film by Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The company says they purchased the rights to the novel, and they would like all production, sales, and promotion of Night Moves to be halted until further notice.
From the lawsuit:
By way of example only, both works feature the targeting of a dam for destruction by means of ammonium fertilizer-laden boats. In the Novel, the principal bomb-maker is a beer-guzzling veteran who served overseas as a Green Beret, where he acquired his knowledge of explosives. The bomb-maker in 'Night Moves' is a beer-guzzling veteran who served overseas as a U.S. Marine, where he acquired his knowledge of explosives. Both the Novel and 'Night Moves' also feature a 20-something woman who starts out as a companion of another member of the group but develops a sexual relationship with the bomb-making veteran, despite his initial objections to her participation in the group's illegal activities.
The director and writer of Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt, has not yet released a comment.
Do you think the films sound similar?
[via The Hollywood Reporter]