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Where derivative hacks dare: Another Clonus rip-off?


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.

3 Responses

  1. The reason they’re making all these Clonus ripoffs is simple; they’re produced solely to give future filmmakers something to swipe stock footage from.

    Keep your eyes peeled; that establishing shot of a car pulling up to a house will be reused in some rich, privileged film whose own establishing shot became damaged and unusable.

  2. My trigger finger is less apt to fire this time around…. there could never be another film as much the same… again.

  3. This will not be a ‘rip-off,’ the organ donor premise is the only similarity, this is not a sci-fi film, it is set in the 1980’s, and deals with the intimate and fragile relationships of the characters who are far from being unaware of their fates. In fact the most interesting aspect of this film will be that they are accepting of their purpose, there is no ‘conspiracy.’

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