Harlan Ellison Files Copyright Suit Against Andrew Niccol's <i>In Time</i>

Harlan Ellison isn't happy with Andrew Niccol. The Hugo-winning sci-fi author has filed a copyright-infringement suit against the Gattaca director as well as New Regency for the upcoming dystopian future flick In Time, starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy.

Ellison wants to prevent the movie's Oct. 28 release, and to see that all copies of it are destroyed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He claims the movie infringes on his 1965 short story Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktockman, which the legal brief apparently refers to as "one of the most famous and widely published science fiction short stories of all time." (Really?) The THR report goes into more detail on the similarities between the two works, and the legal obstacles Ellison will face in attempting to prove that In Time infringes, so go check it out.

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