Thursday, September 15, 2011


Harlan Ellisonn is working tirelessly so that the world does not have to endure another Justin Timberlake movie.

According to
The groundbreaking, award-winning science fiction godfather is suing Fox to prevent the release of Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller, claiming that too much is too similar to his own "Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman."

And Ellison doesn't just want to get paid for what he sees as copyright infringement—he wants to stop In Time's Oct. 28 release and force New Regency and Fox (the producer and distributor, respectively) to burn every copy of the film.

In a complaint filed yesterday, Ellison claims that Niccol's film is based on his 1965 work, itself "one of the most famous and widely published science fiction short stories of all time." And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the suit claims that both stories are about a ...

"dystopian corporate future in which everyone is allotted a specific amount of time to live." In both works, government authorities known as a "Timekeeper" track the precise amount of time each citizen has left. ... The complaint goes on to list similarities in the features of the universe as well as the plot surfaces—the manipulation of time an individual can live, the type of death experienced by those whose time runs out, rebellion by story protagonists, and so forth.

Here is the trailer for the movie:

You can read the whole story here.

I've been here and there. I've drawn a lot of pictures. I've written a bit, too. I'm not good at this self-promotion thing. Look, you want to know about me? just visit these websites. Okay?

1 comment:

cerebus660 said...

So, basically a mash-up of Repent Harlequin..., Logan's Run, Inception, Adjustment Bureau...
the list goes on...

I'd love to see an actual adaptation of Ellison's original story with its gleeful, anarchistic main character and its Mega City One-influencing metropolis... and the Ticktockman, of course.

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