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Screenwriter Thinks Fox Ripped Kingsman Idea From Him And Not Millar

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, February 14 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

Screenwriter Thinks Fox Ripped Kingsman Idea From Him And Not Millar

Does he really want to take credit for the film?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

R. Spencer Balentine is suing Fox claiming that Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on his own work and not Mark Millar's comic of the same name. The lawsuit states that the film is a rip on his 2003 screenplay titled The Keepers. Balentine claims that he entered the project into a screenwriting contest in 2004, placing in the top 10 which meant his work was considered for adaptation as a comic book by Dabel Brothers Productions. Dabel and Marvel entered into a publishing and distribution agreement in 2016 and, according to the complaint, this gave Marvel access to his work.

"The Film is purported to be based on a comic book series originally entitled The Secret Service, first published in 2012 by Icon Comics (a division of Marvel) and written by Mark Millar," writes attorney Steven Lowe in the complaint. "However, several key aspects of the Film do not appear in The Secret Service comic that do appear in [Balentine's] Screenplay; for example, in the comic, there is no reference to Knights of the Round Table, no small dog companion to the protagonist, no use of holograms, and the general theme of the comic is about public service rather than an individual overcoming humble origins to achieve greatness."

He also claims the screenplay and film have substantially similar plots, including candidacy for membership in an elite secret organization, the kidnapping of state dignitaries, and hologram-assisted meetings. Judging by those three things alone, it seems like Balentine ripped off Star Wars

Balentine is seeking at least $5 million.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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