Fox Sued By Russian Screenwriter Over Plagiarism Of The Martian

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In a recent statement made by his advocate, Russian screenwriter Mikhail Raskhodnikov is suing Fox over their upcoming film ‘The Martian’ over the charges of Plagiarism. Reportedly the plot of the US film almost resonates Raskhodnikov’s Russian script named Marsianin which he wrote back in 2008. The screenwriter is apparently suing 20th Century Fox for an amount of 50 million rubles ($761,700) approximately.

The screenwriter has also taken up the matter with the Russian government urging them to withhold the release of the film in Russia until an action has been taken to resolve his case against the company. ‘The Martian’ has been slated to release on October 8, 2015 which is only few days away, and the recent allegations made by the writer have been brought to light only few days ago. The government however has not responded to Raskhodnikov’s plea yet.

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The Martian’ sees the struggle of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after surviving a deadly storm with his group. During the process of emergency evacuation, astronaut Mark Watney is left behind as his crew had no other choice. While everyone on Earth assumes that he is dead, Mark is on his own mission to survive on Mars with supplies enough to keep him alive only for 30 days. From there on the trailer shows how the brilliant scientist works on two things; 1) Growing food and finding a way to survive on Mars and 2) Building a device from whatever scrap is left to send a SOS message to earth. If Raskhodnikov’s allegations are true, then the story of his script Marsianin also goes somewhat like the above.

 On the other hand ‘The Martian’ is already receiving laurels from the audiences as well as the film fraternity as is being eyed as a possible Oscar contender. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martians also stars actors Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stand, Donald Glover and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film is set to hit theaters onNovember 25, 2015 in USA and on October 2, 2015 in India.