‘Total Recall’ Screenwriter Claims Disney Stole his ‘Zootopia’ Idea in Lawsuit Filed March 21

The Walt Disney Company was just hit with a lawsuit claiming that they “stole” the idea for its billion-dollar-grossing, Oscar-winning, animated film, ‘Zootopia.’

Hollywood veteran, producer, and screenwriter Gary Goldman filed a lawsuit against the entertainment giant claiming that he pitched the original idea for ‘Zootopia’ twice over the years – once in 2000 and again in 2009 – to Disney and a film company that had a production contract with Disney. The suit states that Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ is “substantially similar” to the ‘Zootopia’ conceived by Goldman. “Each of the works addresses the issue of whether, in a diverse society as represented by the different species of ‘Zootopia,’ one can be anything he or she wants to be.”

Disney issued the following statement Tuesday: “Mr. Goldman’s lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations. It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn’t create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court.”

Gary Goldman is credited for his work on ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Big Trouble in Little China.’

Source: MSN

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