Normally when we see a story like this, the roles are reversed. Some little nothing aspiring to be something chases after a big studio claiming the idea behind (insert film here) was stolen from them. Usually we're talking writers who refuse to accept the fact that ideas are ideas and, well, anyone can have one. But, either to make a name for themselves or an ass of out themselves, they stand up to the studio and demand credit for their creation.

However, Paramount is doing things a little bit differently. Turns out student filmmaker Chris Moukarbel used a bootleg copy of the script for Oliver Stone's upcoming World Trade Center and shot a 12-minute film based on what he found on the page. Like most independent filmmakers do, he then promptly threw it on the internet for all to see. Probably not the brightest of ideas seeing as Paramount discovered the film, then turned around and sued the dude.

Okay, I understand asking him to politely take it off the internet (which they did and he did), but to slap him with a lawsuit? Some poor old 28-year-old student? And, to add insult to injury, the studio claims in said lawsuit that people may see the short film online and confuse it with the real film due out in August. They can't be serious. They can't. Look, if there's anyone who thinks all people are stupid -- it's me. But, to really believe folks will confuse some shoddy, poor-quality, unknown-acted, low-budget flick with a Nicolas Cage-starring Oliver Stone film, well -- can I have some of what you're on?

Sure, the kid should have come up with his own original idea instead of being an ass and stealing from a script that's to be released in a month. So tell him he's an ass and rip that sucker offline. Or use it somehow to promote the film. Don't sue the guy. Seriously Paramount, grow up.

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