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‘Star Wars’ Star Files Lawsuit, Says USA Network Ripped-Off Idea for TV Series

Jul 8, 2010  •  Post A Comment

One of the stars of the "Star Wars" trilogy has filed suit in Manhattan federal court alleging USA Network stole his and his older brother’s idea for a comedic drama, the New York Post reports.

The suit was filed by Hayden Christensen, who portrayed the young Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) in the last two "Star Wars" movies.

Christenson and his brother claim they pitched an idea to USA about a "concierge" doctor who makes house calls to the rich and that the network then ripped off their idea with "Royal Pains," the story says.

The lawsuit alleges that a USA executive told them he hadn’t heard of concierge doctors before their pitch for their show, called "Housecall," in 2005 and that he thought it was a "fascinating" idea.

A spokeswoman for USA declined to comment, the article says. USA is owned by NBC Universal.

3 Comments

  1. It’s nearly impossible to prove that your pitch was stolen, since you can’t copyright an idea, only the execution of the idea. And the idea of a concierge doctor isn’t so “out there” that two or more people can’t have had the idea independently.
    Personally, I had a similar incident at NBC, when they briefly opened up story pitches to network staff. My idea was pitched and rejected. Shortly after, a similar idea was sold as a pilot — so similar I’d swear the other writers had read my detailed story proposal.
    Needless to say, it’s impossible to prove that other writers have copied your work even if the same development exec heard both pitches. There are just too many writers (and too few ideas) to go around.

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