Guillermo del Toro has been accused of stealing the storyline of “Form of Water” from Pulitzer-winning playwright Paul Zindel.
David Zindel, the son of the playwright, who died in 2003, claims del Toro’s story is taken from his father’s 1969 “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” about “a feminine janitor in a analysis laboratory who bonds with a captive dolphin and tries to rescue the creature.”
“We’re shocked main studio may make a movie so clearly derived from my late father’s work with out anybody recognizing it and coming to us for the rights,” Zindel instructed the Guardian.
The “Form of Water” stars Sally Hawkins as a cleaner in a Baltimore laboratory within the 1960s who falls in love with a sea creature she tries to rescue.
Hawkins’ Elisa Esposito is mute and speaks by way of signal language, a storyline not in Zindel’s “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” in addition to variations within the story endings.
Fox Searchlight denied that the “Form of Water” storyline was stolen.
“Guillermo del Toro has by no means learn nor seen Mr Zindel’s play in any type. Mr del Toro has had a 25 yr profession throughout which he has made 10 function movies and has all the time been very open about acknowledging his influences,” a spokesperson instructed the Guardian.
“If the Zindel household has questions on this authentic work we welcome a dialog with them.”
Zindel, who gained a Pulitzer for “The Impact of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” had “Let Me Hear You Whisper” tailored right into a tv sequence on A&E in1990, starring Jean Stapleton.
“Form of Water” is nominated for 13 Oscars, together with finest image, actress in a number one position and actor and actress in supporting roles.