Death Race is about to hit theaters this weekend on August 22, but one writer is racing to put a stop to it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Adam Stone has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the producers of Death Race, claiming they based the film on a script he pitched to producer-director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt. Stone is seeking a court order to stop the film's release.
The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court, claims that Stone pitched his script, Joust to Anderson and Bolt, but that Bolt made a copy of his screenplay and used it as a "blueprint" for Death Race. Although Death Race is a remake of the 1975 film, Death Race 2000, Stone claims there are at least 39 elements in his Joust script that are strikingly similar to Death Race.
The damages Stone is seeking were unspecified.