This whole Shia LaBeouf/Dan Clowes plagiarism story just isn’t going away, and now it has actually taken a pretty creepy turn. In a recent tweet from LaBeouf, he revealed that his next short film would be a project called "Daniel Boring," and described it like “Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan's Island.” What’s even stranger is that there are photos of Seth Rogen and Patton Oswalt visible in the tweet. It should be noted that both actors have criticized LaBeouf’s recent actions. This is all starting to seem too much like a Paul Auster novel, right? Check out the tweet:
Storyboard for my next short "Daniel Boring" its like Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan's Island pic.twitter.com/sarRnqYws4— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 8, 2014
Comic book fans already know that Clowes put out a famous underground comic called David Boring in 2000, so obviously LaBeouf is up to something here. Shortly after that initial post, he then tweeted a cease and desist letter from Clowes’ attorneys, which went into detail about LaBeouf’s repeated plagiarism and at one point claimed he was “out of control”:
desist pic.twitter.com/tSF1nHIdIN— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 8, 2014
There is simply no logic behind LaBeouf’s actions. This whole thing reeks of a bizarre example of performance art, similar to Joaquin Phoenix’s rapper phase. Still, what’s the endgame here? Other than a mountain of lawsuits, of course. This story doesn't seem close to being over, so keep your eyes open for more updates to come.