A new lawsuit has been filed against the 2007 D.J. Caruso film Disturbia. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint claims that the thriller is a direct rip-off of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film Rear Window.
The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan's federal court on Monday. Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, which owns the rights to Cornell Woolrich's short story "Murder From a Fixed Viewpoint", upon which Hitchcock's film was based, claim that Hitchcock obtained the rights to turn the story into a film. Something the producers of Disturbia did not do. The suit states that both films are nearly identical, with similar characters and plot points.
One complaint reads, "What the defendants have been unwilling to do openly, legitimately and legally, (they) have done surreptitiously, by their back-door use of the Rear Window story without paying compensation." Steven Spielberg was named as a defendant, but he, along with Dreamworks representatives, has declined to comment at this time.