With the Oscars only 10 days away, one could assume that the timing of the following news could not be worse for Oscar Favorite ‘Shape of Water’, which is up for 13 awards.
Because all that could change as Director Guillermo del Toro and the Fox Searchlight studio are both being sued for plagiarism.
The lawsuit was issued by the family of late Pulitzer-winning playwright Paul Zindel which claims that Mr del Toro based his picture on the 1969 play “Let Me Hear You Whisper”.
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Allow us to put the two stories next to each other and you can decide.
<b>The Shape of water - 2018</b>
Set in the 1960s during the Cold war, we meet Elisa, a "janitor " who is alone and hired to work in a laboratory. When she finds out that experiments are being carried out on ‘secret water creatures’, she starts to develop a rapport with the animal. In a scene, she plays it music as the animal makes attempts to speak.
<b>Let me Hear You Whisper - 1969</b>
Set in the 1960s during the Cold war, we meet Helen, a "little old cleaning lady" who is alone and hired to work in a laboratory. When she finds out that experiments are being carried out on dolphins, she starts to develop a rapport with one of them. In a scene, she plays it music as the animal makes attempts to speak.
Lawyer Marc Toberoff said: "The Shape Of Water, though presented to the public as a highly original work of fantasy/science fiction, in reality, brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes from a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Zindel."