What is the deal with these Clonus rip-offs? It looks like yet another film is in the works that borrows liberally from Robert S. Fiveson’s b-grade classic, Parts: The Clonus Horror. The movie, which now has Keira Knightley attached, will be based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go. The book tells the story of a dystopian society in which people are cloned for the sole purpose of being organ donors, but are kept in the dark about the nature of their existence. Sound familiar?
In fact, this is more like a case of double deja vu. Also in 2005, Michael Bay directed The Island for Dreamworks, a Ewan McGregor-Scarlett Johansson action flick about — guess what! — clones raised for the sole purpose of organ donation. In that case, Fiveson & Co. raised a stink about what amounted to outright plagiarism and filed a lawsuit, which was ultimately settled out-of-court.
Despite the basic similarities, there may actually be more to Ishiguro’s particular variation than Bay’s movie, according to the descriptions that I’ve read, with a lot less action and a bit more intrigue. Still, the similarities are extremely noticeable. We’ll have to see how itchy Fiveson’s trigger finger is, this time around.