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Harlan Ellison In Time lawsuit settled – or has it? NOPE

by on Nov.07, 2011, under Movies

Two months ago it was announced that Harlan Ellison was filing a lawsuit against New Regency and director Andrew Niccol about the movie In time, which Ellison claims was too similar to his well known story, “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said The Ticktockman”, and would damage his ability to sell his own movie rights. He was seeking to stop the release, destroy all copies, and damages, but the film was released in time (pun!) anyways.

But I’m just learning today that Ellison had settled with the defendants last week, settling at least for screen credit (no mention on a monetary settlement) in future prints of the movie. This settlement echoes a similar lawsuit Ellison won against the producers of The Terminator, also receiving on-screen credit.

Updated 11/9: Maybe it hasn’t…I’m hearing through the twittervine that the original story may be false, and none of the other major orgs seem to have picked up on it. More news when known.

Update #2: Per Andrew Niccol’s lawyer, there has not been any settlement.


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1 Comment for this entry

  • vincentcox

    I’m a lawyer for Andrew Niccol, who wrote and directed In Time. Not only has he not settled, he fully expects that Ellison’s meritless lawsuit will be dismissed.
    Vincent Cox

    [Ed- the above source has been researched and is believed to be true]