Everyone knows that in the name of fame and money, people often do things that are not allowed. One such thing is stealing ideas from other successful people. This can also be seen in the filmmaking industry.
‘’Decades ago, people gathered around a campfire and talked about heroes that take over empires and fight off monsters. How many stories have you heard of treasures that wait for the bravest and wisest person to find them? All these are present in the filmmaking industry, with the slight difference in detail that makes a movie different from the next one. ‘’ – says Peter Dickson, writer at RushMyEssay.
The truth is, many movies are based on a stolen idea. Some of their creators changed the story in such a clever way, they didn’t even get caught for it. Here is a list of 10 movies that stole the idea from other movies without getting caught.
George Lucas was obviously a fan of the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa since many aspects of the popular Star Wars are adopted from the movie ‘The Hidden Fortress’. True, Lucas called on ancient archetypes for this story – young hero and a princess in distress, an evil, masked villain and of course, the wise old wizard. The fun of it was that all these were imagined in a distant galaxy.
Believe it or not, the popular ‘Alien’ movie by Ridley Scott also has copied pieces of one other movie – ‘The Terror from Beyond Space’. Whilst the vision and horror presented in the movie helped determine a whole new flow of science-fiction, the movie plot wasn’t very original. Luckily, the original movie was also based on stolen ideas from other classic sci-fi stories, so there was no room for lawsuits. Real lucky!
The gang of Dominic Torreto is very popular, but did you know that it was actually inspired by another movie? If you take a peek at ‘Point Break’ by Kathryn Bigelow and simply swap the surfers for the racers, you get quite an identical characters: Paul Walker and Keanu Reeves.
Disappointed, I know. One of the most animated films we know of has a stolen idea from ‘Kimba the White Lion’. This is an anime series that presents a lion cub who has to take the spot of a king. The similarity in scenes is hard not to be noticed. So much, that the voice actor Broderick assumed this was the same movie.
Toy Story is amusing and very popular, but not completely original. If you have seen ‘The Brave Little Toaster’, you can surely think of the similarities between the two. When you take into consideration the fact that most of the staff worked on both movies, including the director, this is not all that surprising. What is surprising, though, is that both of them turned out to be extremely popular, even though they are extremely similar.
Michael Bay’s movie, ‘The Island’, is one of the greatest movies people have seen and rated. But, most movie fans probably haven’t heard of ‘Parts: The Clonus Horror’, which is where the idea for Bay’s movie first started. The difference in the two is that Bay decided to add Scarlett Johansson in the exact same story, which caused for the original moviemakers to take legal action. Eventually, they settled this out of court.
George Lucas stands behind his actions, so once again, he was open about the story that inspired Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lucas was a known fan of ‘The Secret of the Incas’ and therefore chose the same hero look, the same secret key used to illuminate the buried treasure location, as well as some other similarities.
‘A Fistful of Dollars’ features a gunslinger who goes to a town near the Mexican border and plays both sides of two families in the pursuit of the gold. Akira Kurosawa, again, had the same idea of ‘Yojimbo’, but used a samurai instead of a cowboy and Japan instead of Mexico. Filmmakers seem to love his ideas so much!
The movie ‘Kalifornia’ shares the same plot as ‘The Wizard of Oz’. If you have seen both, you know that they have the exact same stories: a young girl who goes across the country with three strange people and is part of a killing spree afterward.
The animated ‘Up’ became very popular, but the story is pretty much the same as that of ‘Gran Torino’. An old man who becomes a widower befriends a boy from the neighborhood, and they both get into some trouble. In the end, the old man gives the boy his possessions. The same story!
What do you think? These small details won’t destroy the nice picture you have of the amazing movies in this list, but will surely open your eyes to stolen ideas next time you see them!