Student Sues 'MIB 3' Writers For $2 Billion Claiming They Stole From His Homework
By ZACH SEEMAYER
June 16, 2014
Men In Black 3, Prometheus and Elysium may have more in common than just being sci-fi films. According to allegations made in a recently filed lawsuit, all three films were stolen from a homework assignment written by a Los Angeles Film School student.
According to court documents reportedly obtained by TMZ, former LAFS student Constantino Basile is suing the writers of MIB3 for a whopping $2 billion, claiming that they lifted ideas from two of his scripts that he turned in as part of a class assignment.
Basile claims that his scripts, titled The World Of Jupiter and Crisis On Jupiter, were sold by his former teacher and ended up being used Men In Black 3, as well as having appeared, in part, in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, and even spoofed by Steven Spielberg in his installment in the long-running SNL Digital Short series Laser Cats.
Screenwriter Etan Cohen, who is also credited for writing the screenplays for Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy, wrote Men In Black 3 based on the comic book series written by Lowell Cunningham.
According to TMZ, Basile filed the suit without an attorney and is seeking astronomical damages. It's unclear how he plans to prove that his scripts were sold or ever got into the hands of the Men In Black writers.