In January, we learned that writer Paul Zindel’s son, David Zindel, had accused The Shape of Water of being “obviously derived from” his father’s play, Let Me Hear You Whisper. In February, Zindel officially sued Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox, writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and associate producer Daniel Kraus for copyright infringement during the same week where Academy Awards voters were casting their votes. The controversy did not stop the film from winning four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Music Score, Best Production Design), and now Zindel’s case has been settled for once and for all.
We first reported in late January that David Zindel, the son of playwright Paul Zindel, is accusing The Shape of Water of plagiarism. Now, the accusations have escalated in the form of a 53-page lawsuit against Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox, writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and associate producer Daniel Kraus.
NPR reports that Zindel’s suit was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The suit alleges that The Shape of Water, “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes” of Paul Zindel’s 1969 work entitled Let Me Hear You Whisper. Zindel’s play, which was first adapted for television during the same year, tells the story of a female custodian who forms a special bond with a dolphin in a lab, and she hatches a plan to escape with the creature once she learns that scientists plan to dissect its brain. read more
The Shape of Water has been accused of plagiarism just days after being nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay.
The Guardian reports that David Zindel, son of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Zindel, alleges that the story of The Shape of Water- written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor- is similar to his father’s play, Let Me Hear You Whisper, which originally aired as a television production in 1969 when del Toro was five years old. Paul Zindel is best remembered by bored ninth graders for his 1968 novel, The Pigman. read more
The Shape of Water hasn’t even reached its wide release in theaters, and Guillermo del Toro already has two new pictures lined up for Fox Searchlight! Hot off of the tremendous buzz and early awards season whispers for del Toro’s latest film, Variety reports that the incredible producer/writer/director plans to continue working with the studio on a movie called Antlers and a remake of 1947’s Nightmare Alley.
Antlers will be produced by Guillermo del Toro, and the studio is currently in talks with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass) to direct. The film is described as a supernatural story about a young teacher and a troubled student. The script was written by Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Channel Zero, The Forest) based off the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Antosca. read more
In 2006, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth presented an amazing mix of historical fiction and horrifying magical realism that solidified his position as one of the most important directors currently working in film. Because his projects are so diverse, he has not since revisited this style of storytelling. While many fans enjoy his recent works like Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, some have been yearning for Del Toro to return to a more intimate style of storytelling found in Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. Based on early buzz, these fans may get exactly what they’re looking for this December! read more