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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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76.

B.I.G. Forever    

That's why the members of Lost went back to 77. They went to take the guy out, and claim the script as their own.

1845 days ago
77.

knoxvelour    

I think the main reason for waiting until the 5th season to pursue this. Shows go into syndication after they have 5 years of episodes. So most likely his suit will also entitle him to royalties from syndication, meaning more money for him in the long run

1845 days ago
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derek    

Some of you guys need to learn to read. He didn't wait until now to sue, he's sued before as the last sentence of the story state: "Spinner tried to sue a few years ago, but it was dismissed for procedural reasons."

1845 days ago
79.

woodenpickle    

Pay attention folks.. The article says "Spinner tried to sue a few years ago, but it was dismissed for procedural reasons." So he didn't just "wake up" and decide now was the time to file the lawsuit.

Additionally, I would think the outcome will probably have something to do with his original contract/terms of employment when he wrote the story/script.

1845 days ago
80.

leetwanker    

What does it matter that he took so long to come forward? I really don't see how it possibly could.

Why don't some of you put yourself in his position? You've created something amazing that was just before it's time and didn't take off, and probably not for lack of trying. Many years later, you come to realize that your creation has been stolen and is now wildly successful! Now, all people can do is criticize you, not for bringing the suit, but for not bringing it sooner! It's absolutely ridiculous, and none of any of our business to be frank. If this guy can prove that Lost is his creation, he should be compensated. Period. End of story!

1845 days ago
81.

LAGal    

that list could easily be a fake. show us a script with verification it was written in 1977 and hasn't been tampered with since then and maybe you have something.

1845 days ago
82.

Mikey Gorman    

Seriously ? No one else sees this as an obvious hoax? 1977 sounds like an awfullly coincedental year considering Hurley was writing the sequel to Star Wars with intent to send it to George Lucas.....

1845 days ago
83.

Rob Jones    

LOST is actually a remake of Earth 2. http://tr.im/earth2

1844 days ago
84.

rootbat    

dude, its all an elaborate ploy, 'cuz they couldnt come up with a good ending

1844 days ago
85.

youngwill    

Are you people retarded or just illiterate? It says he tried to sue a couple of years ago in this story. Read the whole thing before you comment.

1844 days ago
86.

Jason    

first of all it says in the first sentence HE WAS PAID $30,000 TO COME UP WITH A PILOT, even if he did create the story, he was employed by somebody who obviously had rights over whatever he was writing and paid him suitably for the time. so this guy just needs to drop the charade and just take it for what it is, YOU WROTE SOMETHING THAT WAS EXTRAORDINARY, AND AHEAD OF ITS TIME, congrats here is your pat on the back

1844 days ago
87.

Mr ED209    

I'm not reading all the comments here, but am I the only one that thinks this is just clever viral marketing?

A very VERY big thing has been made of how this story is all the brainchild of one JJ Abrams, and that the resultant plots are the doing of Lindelof and Cuse. Are all three seriously going to have got in cahoots with a rip off so blatant? I doubt it.

Secondly - 1977, eh? The year that Lost has recently revolved around? And didn't Hurley attempt to write Empire Strikes Back during 1977? And isn't that a bit like this guy who claims to have written Lost in 1977?

It all points to a very clever viral marketing idea to me.

1843 days ago
88.

Aries    

If it is stolen, he should get money no doubt but why did it take him SO FREAKIN LONG???

1843 days ago
89.

justaguy    

@ #11, your contract usually is in stages.... X amount is paid upfront... and Z amount paid upon the completion of the project... ie series, etc. Since, filmmaking relies upon "creativity" and "ideas"... you have to CYA in Hollywood... theft of intellectual property happens quite often.

1843 days ago
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Andy    

I didn't read all of the similarities (they're too boring), but seems to me that the comparisons could be worded in a way that makes them seem more similar than they really are. Would have to see the original scripts to compare. Also, many of these characters are stock character types in any drama, and they could easily occur independently to two different writers.

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