Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox and comic book company MARVEL ENTERPRISES filed a lawsuit on Monday (20JUN05) against SONY PICTURES and Revolution Studios to delay the release of ZOOM'S ACADEMY - a movie they believe is too similar to their X-Men films.

Both projects centre on children who possess special powers and are shunned by normal society before they enrol in a special to school to learn how to harness their abilities.

Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Enterprises allege Sony Pictures and Revolution Studios deliberately brought forward the release date of their movie in an attempt to attract cinema-goers before X-MEN 3 is released on 26 May 2006.

Legal papers filed in a California federal court state: "Just days after Fox announced X3 would be released on May 26, 2006, Sony and Revolution deliberately moved up ZOOM's release so that it would come two weeks before, instead of 11 weeks after the release of X3."

Fox and Marvel have also asked the court to force Sony and Revolution to remove material from their movie which is similar to X-MEN content.

Fox also allege Revolution ignored a written warning to leave out X-Men references in Zoom's Academy - even though some script changes were made.

The lawsuit continues: "Although Revolution changed some parts of Zoom's Academy script... those few cosmetic changes cannot cover up the fact that 'ZOOM' continues to copy key elements, concepts, themes, characters and story lines from X-Men."

Zoom's Academy, a comedy satire set to star Tim Allen, has not yet gone into production.

22/06/2005 02:52