Del Toro and The Shape of a Lawsuit

On 4 March 2018, the Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro won the Academy Award both for Best Director and Best Picture for the movie “The Shape of Water”. Together with these two Academy Awards (and 13 nominations in all), the movie has also been involved in several claims of infringement due to an alleged resemblance with other films, such as the Dutch short film “The Space Between Us” (already dismissed by the creators and the Netherlands Film Academy), the French movies “Amelie” and “Delicatessen” (here), and the 1984 movie “Splash”. Thus far, the only claim to reach the courts was brought by David Zindel, son of the Pulitzer prize winner Paul Zindel.Zindel v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. et al, case number 2:18-cv-01435 was filed in the United States District Court Central District of California against Guillermo del Toro (the director, producer, and writer), Daniel Kraus (associate producer), Fox…

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