'Elysium' Director Stole Idea For Sci-Fi Film, Writer Says

Law360, New York (October 10, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT) -- A screenwriter told a California federal court Thursday that writer and director Neill Blomkamp pirated his idea for the movie “Elysium” after reading his screenplay “Butterfly Driver” online.

Both the film and the allegedly stolen screenplay, according to Steve Wilson Briggs' complaint, follow the struggle of a poor man living on a ruined Earth who has only five days to make an illegal and dangerous trip to a wealthy satellite planet for life-saving medicine.

Briggs alleges in the complaint that, “the heart of his story, plot,...
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Case Information

Case Title

Briggs v. Blomkamp et al

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit



Phyllis J. Hamilton

Date Filed

October 8, 2013


Government Agencies

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