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Man Claims He Got 'Lost' First

7/13/2009 6:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There may be one human being on Earth who understands the TV show "Lost" -- a guy who claims he created the show 32 years ago.

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Anthony Spinner -- a producer on "Baretta" and "Babes in Toyland" -- says back in 1977 he was paid $30,000 to write a TV pilot, which eventually became a 121-page script called "Lost."

Spinner is now suing ABC and Touchstone Television, claiming the network passed on the show in '77, '91 and '94 ... then suddenly created an exact replica with Touchstone in 2004.

Spinner lists a ton of similarities in his suit -- which was filed on July 10 -- notably an "airplane headed to Los Angeles [that] crashes into a tropical jungle-like environment."

Spinner also alleges the new "Lost" characters -- including Jack, Locke, Sayid, Kate and Sawyer -- are all rip-offs ... down to their occupations and dark pasts.

The comparisons go on and on. Spinner is suing for damages and a cut of royalties, profits and a bunch of other stuff. Spinner tried to sue a few years ago, but it was dismissed for procedural reasons.

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The Truth    

wow

1891 days ago
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Krystal    

First ?? Um, doubt this sees the light of day in court

1891 days ago
3.

The Truth    

Man Claims He Got 'Lost' First

1891 days ago
4.

consciousness    

why now?

1891 days ago
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iamcuriousyellow    

I wish that both this Spinner guy and ABC had both lost "Lost". It was a stupid show.

1891 days ago
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Jensambo    

What took him so long?

1891 days ago
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hamilTonyan    

loser

1891 days ago
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omfg    

And he's just now suing?? Hasn't this show been on for years?

1891 days ago
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kake79    

If he was already paid, doesn't that mean the people/company that paid him own the script? I could be wrong... just wondering...

1891 days ago
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that.is.all    

I HATE SUE


1891 days ago
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DAW    

I agree with Krystal - this will never make it to court - they'll settle it privately. But sure looks like a copy to me...yeah but why did he wait so long...which is another good question.

1891 days ago
12.

Publisher    

Our sources tell us that Spinner does infact have a very tight case here and can show almost beyond a shadow of a doubt where he did infact create a script that was and is almost identical to the current "Lost" . Will Estell, vice president of 3G Media, LLC- and a Publisher and writer himself (See "Wisdom & Wisecracks for the Aspiring Business Owner", Amazon.com)says Spinner has proof that his script and pilot are "far more" than simply similarities and that in his opinion Spinner- who Estell has no direct connection with- did create "Lost" and is entitled to proceeds from the series. Guess this one will have to play out in court. May the...uh, "true creator" win.

1891 days ago
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over 9000    

If he's telling the truth, DOWN WITH THOSE THEIVES!
If he's lying, SON OF A MOTHER FLUCKER!

1891 days ago
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bobby baby    

Since '77. Where has this idiot been? There is always someone who has a script that was ripped off. I actually wrote the entire story line and music for West Side Story, but no one believes me. Should I sue?

1891 days ago
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Scarletcat    

Is it possible to find the complaint online? I'd love to read the paperwork he filed. Harvey? Smoking Gun?

1891 days ago
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