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Comic Book Writer

'Cowboys & Aliens' Movie

Producers are Robbers!!!

12/1/2011 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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You can't legally own the exclusive right to produce a cowboy movie.  And you can't legally own the right to produce an alien movie.  But a comic book writer claims he does own the combo and that's why he's suing the producers of "Cowboys & Aliens."

Steven Busti claims he created the concept for "Cowboys & Aliens" way back in 1994 -- 17 years before the movie was produced.

Busti wrote a comic called "Cowboys and Aliens" that was published in a comic book called, "Bizarre Fantasy."  Busti's story line goes like this ... aliens landed on planet Earth and invaded the Old West.  That's pretty much the same concept for the 2011 movie and the graphic novel published by the film's producers 5 years earlier.  Busti alleges many other similarities as well.

So the question -- Did the producers know about Busti before they penned the graphic novel and the movie?  Well, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Texas, Busti notes back in 1994, his "Cowboys and Aliens" was featured in Comic Shop News on the same page that also featured a story about Scott Mitchell Rosenberg -- who produced the 2011 film.  So there!

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Busti is suing for copyright infringement and is seeking unspecified damages. Worth noting ... as poorly as it was reviewed, the movie made over $100 million.

So far, no word back from any of the producers. 

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Sin D    

It's official...Hollywood is OUT of original ideas. Boo.

1056 days ago
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Tammy    

I don't know why the movie was reviewed poorly because while it's no great work of art, it was extremely fun to watch.

1056 days ago
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Truth    

ROTTENTOMATOES GAVE THIS FARCE 44% OUT OF 223 CRITIC REVIEWS. EVEN AUDIENCE MEMBERS ONLY GAVE THIS CRAP 51% OUT OF 77K RESPONDENTS, LMAO! ONLY REASON ANYONE SAW THIS CRAP WAS BECUZ OF HARRISON FORD AND DANIEL CRAIG. EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA BE INDIAN JONES 2.0. BUT INSTEAD BECAME A "BEEN THERE DONE THAT" SPIEL. TRUTH!!

1056 days ago
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Alisha    

Doesn't surprise me really. I hope he takes them to the bank.

1056 days ago
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James H    

You can't copyright an IDEA... only a STORY!!

Otherwise you could never have a time travel movie unless it was H.G. Wells, you couldn't have a story about a spouse who didn't know her partner was a spy... etc. etc. etc.

If the STORY is the same, he can sue, but you can write a story about a kid who battles an evil dark knight and George Lucas can't do anything (BTW, Star Wars was influenced by "The Hidden Fortress").

1056 days ago
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w    

Wow, ok the comic book and it's creator were featured in a news paper article and the creator of the movie just happened to be featured on a separate subject on the same page on the same day in the same newspaper, OH YEAH THEY STOLE HIS COMIC FOR THE MOVIE, TAKE EM TO THE BANK!!.

1056 days ago
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busyboy23    

Scott Rosenberg is a born thief. The fact that he stole as simple a concept as "Cowboys and Aliens" is no surprise. I personally know that in the late 70's he stole two EXTREMELY valuable comics from a friend of mine he connected with through "The Recycler", a print predecessor of Craigslist. Literally stuck them under his jacket and walked out of my friends' house. A police report was filed, but Amazing Fantasy 15 and Journey into Mystery 83 weren't worth what they are today and nothing was done.

1056 days ago
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St James III    

BUSTED!!!

1056 days ago
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Shay    

Jay and Silent Bob?

1056 days ago
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lalaland    

Gene Autry did a film (Phantom Empire) in 1935 that was about aliens invading the Old West, so perhaps his estate should be suing THIS guy.

1056 days ago
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lalaland    

Gene Autry did a film (Phantom Empire)

1056 days ago
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CountryGal    

Sounds like Rosenberg is a bit of a thief eh? I hope he has to pay out the ass.

1056 days ago
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billybob    

With the yellow MORGUU Alien the move would have been a hit. A shame that they didn't steal that idea.

1056 days ago
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Hep    

My husband made me sit through that awful film. Who'd want to take credit for any part of it?

1056 days ago
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Brad    

For some more insight into this slimebag Rosenberg, you should check out http://transmeditations.com/tag/goldmine-tales/. Some former employee of his tells some mighty interesting stories.

1056 days ago
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