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Apple TV’s Shyamalan Show Allegedly Rips Off 2013 Film (1)

Jan. 15, 2020, 5:56 PM; Updated: Jan. 15, 2020, 10:04 PM

M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV+ show “Servant” rips off the 2013 film “The Truth About Emanuel,” a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court alleges.

Director Francesca Gregorini sued Apple Inc. and Shyamalan for using a “shockingly” similar plot to her film as well as “strikingly similar—and highly idiosyncratic—characters, scenes, directorial choices, and modes of storytelling.”

The case may not fare well because the complaint “contains a fatal flaw,” media lawyer James Sammataro of Pryor Cashman LLP in Miami said in an email.

“In its (noble) attempt to comment on Hollywood’s gender inequity, the complaint concedes that the Servant tells...

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