In addition to Paranormal Activity, it sounds like the latest found-footage sequel might’ve also featured some illegal activities.
Writer-director Michael Costanza is claiming Paramount and Paranormal Activity 4 producers stole major components of his unproduced 2010 script Colllingswood, which he submitted in a pitch meeting to the studio two years before the Paranormal sequel hit the big screen.
Costanza claims the studio stole details of webcam chats by characters in their late teens that were used in his script. Some visual elements, and basic plot points, are also cited in the complaint. He’s suing for unspecified damages.
Of course, webcams are pretty common these days, and some of those visual elements could’ve evolved independently within the framework of the found-footage concept. But that’s for the courts to decide.
If Costanza’s case is legit, it makes sense the guy would be upset. The sequel was made on a shoestring budget of $5 million, and rode the box-office wave to a $138 million haul. For a struggling filmmaker (or just about anyone else), that’s a whole lot of money.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)