Sci-fi movie flop The Island is at the centre of a copyright fight after a federal judge in New York ruled last week (ends20OCT06) that there is enough evidence to suggest the film is similar to another project. JUDGE SHIRA A SCHEINDLIN (corr) has accepted that claims The Island, which starred Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, was based on 1979 movie PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR. Executives behind The Island at DreamWorks and Warner Brothers urged authorities to dismiss the case, but Judge Scheindlin has opted to let a jury decide the outcome of the case, which was filed by Clonus producer-director ROBERT S FIVESON. The case is scheduled for next February (07).