Stephanie Vergniault, a Jordan-based French writer, has sued Section Eight and Warner Bros. in French court for alleged plagiarism, claiming that ‘Syriana’ lifts entire scenes and characters from a script of hers. Which makes sense, because I often felt like ‘Syriana’ seemed like it was translated from a foreign language.
By the way, if you’re keeping track, I think the scorecard of successful-to-frivolous suits of this nature is something like 383 to 2. FishbowlLA bonus feature: here’s a comment posted by Vergniault at www.premiumhollywood.com about the alleged plagiarism. Note that nothing is said alleging how WB/Section Eight may have gotten hold of the script.
* stephanie vergniault says:
Dear Sir ,
I just read an article in the web about Syriana /interesting ..
I am a French lawyer but also a screenplay writer
/ chairman of a company in Jordan doing movie location.
Few days ago , I passed by LA and I had the chance to see SYRIANA /
It was a big shock / I just realized that Mr Gaghan stole many of my sceneries of a screenplay that I registered 14 months before him in the US Copyright.
â€œOVERSIGHT â€œ / US COPYRIGHT registered under the number PAU -2-903 â€“ 968 ( Library of the congress )
After examination by a comity of screenplay experts , they are very formal /
90 % of the political intrigue of OVERSIGHT has been stolen by Mr Gaghan .
/Many of the sceneries , characters , creative elements can be found in my script .
I am more than furious about it !
My story is about a former CIA agent that is requested by the CIA to reactivate an undergound network in Afghnistan , for thebenefit of an american oil company /Kazakh oil â€¦
The protagonists are the CIA , oil companies , top official governements guys ( Henry = HENRY K â€¦) , Islamists students â€¦
I requested yesterday my lawyer to send a formal notification to the CEO of Warner and to sue the company /
If you have any remark , or advise , do not hesitate to reach me
00 962 777 8533 73
March 5th, 2006 at 1:30 pm