Harlan Ellison saw In Time and decided to drop his lawsuit

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

Remember when Harlan Ellison thought that the Justin Timberlake sci-fi flick bore some striking similarities to his own short story "Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman" and sued the filmmakers? Erroneous reports claimed that he won that suit, but the truth is, Ellison has had a change of heart.

Apparently, the proof was in the viewing. Ellison had felt that In Time took place in a very similar dystopian future to "Repent, Harlequin" and lifted the idea of people with allotted lifespans, as well as law officers called "Timekeepers." But after watching writer-director Andrew Niccol's film, Ellison has dropped his lawsuit.

Maybe he didn't think the two works were similar. Or maybe he just didn't like the movie and would rather not put his name on a flick that only grossed $35 million domestically. Both Ellison and his lawyer are keeping mum, for now.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)