You can’t legally own the exclusive right to produce a cowboy movie. And you can’t legally own the right to produce an alien movie. But a comic book writer claims he does own the combo and that’s why he’s suing the producers of “Cowboys & Aliens.”
Steven Busti claims he created the concept for “Cowboys & Aliens” way back in 1994 — 17 years before the movie was produced.
Busti wrote a comic called “Cowboys and Aliens” that was published in a comic book called, “Bizarre Fantasy.” Busti’s story line goes like this … aliens landed on planet Earth and invaded the Old West. That’s pretty much the same concept for the 2011 movie and the graphic novel published by the film’s producers 5 years earlier. Busti alleges many other similarities as well.
So the question — Did the producers know about Busti before they penned the graphic novel and the movie? Well, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Texas, Busti notes back in 1994, his “Cowboys and Aliens” was featured in Comic Shop News on the same page that also featured a story about Scott Mitchell Rosenberg — who produced the 2011 film. So there!
Busti is suing for copyright infringement and is seeking unspecified damages. Worth noting … as poorly as it was reviewed, the movie made over $ 100 million.
So far, no word back from any of the producers.