Magazine article Screen International

Writer Charges Disney with Stealing 'Zootopia' Idea

Magazine article Screen International

Writer Charges Disney with Stealing 'Zootopia' Idea

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Studio hits back at lawsuit from Total Recall writer Gary Goldman.

Disney was accused in a lawsuit filed yesterday (22 March) of stealing the idea for Zootopia from veteran screenwriter Gary Goldman.

The Total Recall writer said he pitched a version of the project to Disney in 2000 and 2009, but it was rejected by the studio.

The complaint, filed by Esplanade productions, Inc. read: "[Goldman] provided a treatment, a synopsis, character descriptions, character illustrations and other materials. He even provided a title for the franchise: Zootopia.

"Instead of lawfully acquiring Goldman's work, Defendants said they were not interested in producing it and sent him on his way. Thereafter, consistent with their culture of unauthorized copying, Defendants copied Goldman's work. …

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