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Spike Jonze

Sued

You Stole 'Her!'

2/16/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Spike Jonze should have an easy go at this lawsuit ... filed by 2 men who claim the famed director stole their screenplay when Jonze created "Her."

Sachin Gadh and Jonathan Sender claim in their suit they wrote a screenpay called "Belv" back in 2011 and submitted it to CAA.  They were told the agency -- which reps Jonze -- didn't accept unsolicited scripts.

Cut to 2013, when to their horror they saw "Her" and also claim they saw their own work on the screen.

Here are the alleged similarities:

--  In both "Her" and "Belv" the main character carries around the love interest in his front shirt pocket.

-- Both "Her" and "Belv" examine the human psyche through interactions between the character and the computer.

-- The main character in "Her" is heartbroken after a failed relationship and seeks solace in a computer.  In "Belv" a cell phone comes to life after a microwave mishap and becomes a witty wing man for dating (We report, but don't necessarily buy).

It sounds like these guys will be thrown out of court.  Then again, O.J. was found not guilty.

26 COMMENTS

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namers    

Never send unsolicited material. Protect yourself with whatever do***entation you can. Send yourself a sealed envelope the same day and send your product certified/return receipt.

Good luck fellas!

246 days ago
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MrHarryBawls2016    

I refuse to comment on this story until I hear what Cher has to say.

246 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

Hey it's Willem Dafoe

246 days ago
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DiM    

I don't see how you can say it will be thrown out of court without having read and compared both scripts. They may have a legit case here.

246 days ago
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(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

Brush Your Teeth.

246 days ago
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Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

This is so hard to prove in the current environment. In films now everything is a prequel, sequel ,remake,reimagining. Shakspears's bones must be rattling in the grave knowing theres no more original stories!

246 days ago
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kitnplayn    

Dude, spend a little cash on hair care. Worst hair cut ever.

246 days ago
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DetroitRocks    

Big Bang Theory did it first. Raj fell in love with Siri

246 days ago
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RD    

There was a movie made in 1984, "Electric Dreams" with Lenny Van Dohlen and Virginia Madsen that was about a computer that falls in love with its owner. Good movie with a good soundtack. Wish it would come out on dvd/blu-ray.

246 days ago
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Rachael    

As a reporter, WE DONT NEED TO HEAR WHAT TMZ THINKS. THIS IS WHY THE KARDASHIAN BS IS CONSTANTLY POSTED, BECAUSE IFYOU STATED JUST FACTS, THEY WOULD BE JUST SO BORING. YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL WHO'S SIDE TMZ IS ON, OR FROM WHERE THEY MIGHT BE GETTING THEIR NEXT STORY. SELLOUTS.

246 days ago
11.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Teeth so yellow he spits butter

246 days ago
12.

NOT ELMO    

I HEAR SPIKE JONZE'S NEXT MOVIE IS "HIM"....

246 days ago
13.

LB    

Lol can only think of Arrested Development when they always said her when asking about Ann.

246 days ago
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angst    

Aren't both of these movies knock offs of the 80s movie Electric Dreams?

246 days ago
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paisley    

I hope it's thrown out early and saves everybody time and money. There's no proof of direct contact with the director by the writers. Also, ideas are not covered by copyright. Lastly, they apparently haven't seen The Big Bang episode where Raj falls in love with his Siri.

246 days ago
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